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Hengameh Shahidi 24 September 2009
Comedians Miriam Elia and Jessica Stevenson in front of a poster of Hengemeh
Imprisoned Iranian journalist and human rights activist

Since the Iranian elections in June this year, groups including Human Rights Watch have been warning of a worsening human rights crisis. Iranian journalist, and supporter of Mehdi Karroubi's opposition party, Hengameh Shahidi, is currently being held without charge in Evin prison in Tehran. The comedian Miriam Elia is a close friend of Hengameh's and along with some of Britain's top comics, has organised a night of comedy in order to highlight her situation. Amnesty has now issued an urgent appeal for Hengameh’s release. Jenni is joined by Miriam and by Nazenin Ansari, diplomatic editor of Kayhan, a Persian language newspaper to hear how the situation in Iran has developed since June.

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