A video produced by Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was imprisoned in Iran in 2009, calls for the release of Iranian journalists who were arrested in late January on charges of 'conspiring' with foreign media.
According to the video
, published by the Committee to Protect Journalists, 16 Iranian journalists were arrested between January 26 - 28. The media crackdown comes in advance of presidential elections scheduled to take place in Iran in June.
Iranian journalists who have taken their work outside of the country have also been labeled as "spies
" and subject to threats and on-line harassment.
Radio Farda journalists
, based in Prague, have recorded more than 15 incidents in which they have been the subjects of counterfeit Facebook pages, internet viruses and misleading blog posts, and had their email accounts hacked.