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Iran foreign minister hits back at jailing of journalists

04/02/13 23:02 CET

Iran’s foreign minister has responded to international criticism following the arrest of more than a dozen journalists.

In an interview with euronews’ James Franey, Ali Akbar Salehi said those detained would have to face the music if they were found to have broken the law.

The journalists are accused of having links to so-called “anti-revolutionary” media.

Analysts say with a presidential election months away, leaders want to avoid a repeat of the widespread protests following the 2009 poll.

James Franey, euronews:

“Does freedom of expression exist in Iran?”

Ali Akbar Salehi, Iranian Foreign Minister:

“Of course, look at our media.”

James Franey, euronews:

“But you just jailed some opposition journalists…”

Ali Akbar Salehi, Iranian Foreign Minister:

“Well, freedom does not mean you are free to do whatever you wish to do and say whatever you wish to say. Your freedom has a limit and this is the same in Europe and other countries. For as long as you do not trespass on the freedom of others and you stay within your own bounds, then that’s all right. But when you trespass that (other people’s freedoms), you will then be faced with the law.”

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