|Arrested journalists linked to BBC: Iran’s Intelligence Ministry||
TEHRAN – The Intelligence Ministry issued a statement late on Wednesday saying the arrested journalists were part of network which had established contacts with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
The network was formed by utilizing the experiences that it gained during the unrest that followed the 2009 presidential election, the ministry said.
The statement added since the network was multi-layered and widespread and made use of specific communication techniques, it was monitored and tracked by intelligence agents for months, until the necessary information and evidence were collected and finally legal action was taken.
The evidence, which shows the connection of the arrestees with the BBC, is documented and solid, it said.
It is possible that a number of other people connected with the BBC would be arrested or summoned for questioning or some of the arrestees would be released, the statement said.
It added that the probe into the case would continue to the last person involved and that the media propaganda campaign would not have the slightest influence on the investigation process.
Late on Sunday, a number of journalists from the reformist publications of Arman, Etemad, Bahar, Sharq, and Aseman and ILNA news agency were arrested in their workplace on arrest warrants.
On Monday and Tuesday, a few of the arrested journalists were released.
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