Iran cracks down on media before election
Iranian authorities have arrested more than a dozen journalists working for reformist newspapers Arman, Bahar, Etemaad, Shargh, and the Aseman weekly for cooperating with Persian-language "anti-revolutionary" news outlets, Mehr news agency reported late on Sunday, in what appeared to be a coordinated crackdown on the press.


With a presidential election five months away, Iran's clerical leadership appears to be tightening its grip on the media to avoid a repeat of the widespread protests that erupted after the disputed election in 2009. (Reuters)