Kazemi, una cittadina canadese nata in Iran, e’ stata arrestata il 23 giugno scorso dalla Polizia Iraniana dopo aver scattato alcune fotografie della prigione di Evin, dove sono detenuti gli studenti incarcerati a seguito delle recenti proteste e manifestazioni.
A cura di Canadian IFEX members are leading an international protest over the death of Iranian-Canadian photo-journalist Zahra Kazemi, who died in an Iranian hospital on 11 July following suffering a brain hemorrhage after being beaten while in police custody.
Kazemi, a Canadian citizen born in Iran, had been detained since 23 June by Iranian police after taking photographs of Evin Prison in Tehran where protesters were incarcerated following a series of student demonstrations in June, reports Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE).
She was transferred to a hospital in Tehran after reportedly suffering a brain hemorrhage and fell into a coma. On 16 July, Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Ali Abtahi said, “According to a report by the health minister [Kazemi] has died of a brain hemorrhage resulting from beatings.”
CJFE has joined the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the World Association of Newspapers, the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) in calling for an immediate independent investigation, including an autopsy. Kazemi was a freelance contributor to Recto Verso, a Montreal-based magazine, and the London-based photo agency Camera Press.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Free Expression, Ambeyi Ligabo, was to have arrived in Iran on 17 July to assess the state of free expression in the country. However, the visit has been postponed [See “UN Rapporteur to Visit Iran”].