Journalist Detained In Iran For Plotting Against Ruling Clerics

05/11/2014 08:45 am ET | Updated Jul 11, 2014
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have detained a reformist journalist on security charges, the official news agency reported Sunday.

IRNA quoted the journalist's attorney, Giti Pourfazel, as saying that a court Saturday charged Serajeddin Mirdamadi of plotting against Iran's ruling clerics and ordered his temporary detention.

Pourfazel said Mirdamadi stood accused of spreading lies against the government earlier this year but was freed on bail.

Iran has repeatedly detained journalists on similar charges following the 2009 re-election of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a vote reformists and opposition figures consider fraudulent.