IRANIAN security forces, which are mostly based in the provinces of the country, have made arrests and destroyed equipment, including equipment used by journalists, a Reuters investigation has found.
Reuters was granted access to security forces in several areas where reporters were gathering for a major anti-corruption campaign event, including the capital, Tehran, and in some other areas.
In several areas of the city of Qom, security forces reportedly dismantled the press offices of the Iranian opposition-controlled media, as well as the office of the news agency IRNA.
A spokesman for Iran’s national security council, Majid Ibragimov, denied that any such arrests had been carried out, saying that security forces were conducting “operations” and “conducting operations to protect their assets.”
The arrests of IRAN journalists have triggered fears in the region, as the Iranian authorities have long threatened to close down and block access to the country.
Iranian state television, which is controlled by the ruling clerical establishment, regularly presents propaganda aimed at swaying the public against the Islamic Republic.