Alireza Rejai

The family of detained Iranian journalist Alireza Rejai has been kept in the dark regarding his situation.

The National Religious website reports that on the day of Rejai’s arrest, his home was searched for several hours and he was then taken to his workplace at Gam-e No Publishing for further investigation.

According to this report, neighbours of the publishing office were questioned about people who frequent the place and were asked if national-religious leader Ezatollah Sahabi was seen there.

All of Rejai’s personal documents and computer were confiscated in the search.

On April 23, the home of Rejai’s father was also raided, according to this report.

Rejai had also been briefly arrested in 2009, in the early days of the protests against the controversial re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Rejai was a consistent contributor to reformist newspapers, many of which were banned during the crackdown on protesters over the past two years.

National-religious activists have been consistently targeted with arrest over the past two years of protests and many are serving prison sentences.

According to official statistics, 5,000 people were arrested during the government campaign to quell the post-election protests.