US-Iranian journalist taken hostage in Iran
PRAGUE, Czech Republic: The U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty said Saturday Iranian authorities have prevented one of its journalists from leaving the country.I think Britain can be blamed for this, as the hostage situation a few weeks ago turned out to be a true disaster and embarassment. Now, it would seem as though Iran is testing what they succeeded in doing with Britain on other countries as well. The US must not follow in Britain's footsteps and cave in. Azima must be freed immediately.
Parnaz Azima, who is based in Prague where she works for Radio Farda — RFE/RL's Persian service operated jointly with the Voice of America radio broadcaster — arrived in the capital, Tehran, on Jan. 25 to visit a sick relative, the broadcaster said in an e-mailed statement.
On arrival, authorities seized her Iranian passport and so far have failed to return it to her, it said. It was not clear what the reason was. The statement said Azima was once asked to cooperate with Iran's intelligence services, which she refused.
Azima has dual Iranian and U.S. citizenship, the radio said.
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