Bahman Ahmadi Amouyi

A letter signed by 141 Iranian journalists expresses their support for their jailed colleague, Bahman Ahmadi Amouyi, and urges the authorities to assure that laws and prison regulations are observed in dealing with prisoners.

The journalists express concern that Ahmadi Amoyi has been charged and sentenced for writing critical articles on the economy.

The signatories go on to add that the exile of Ahmadi Amouyi to Rejai Shahr Prison and his transfer to solitary confinement are of grave concern to them.

Bahman Ahmadi Amouyi, a prominent Iranian journalist as well as economic analyst and writer, has been jailed since June of 2009, when he was arrested in the widespread government crackdown on protesters following the last presidential election.

He was recently transferred to Rejai Shahr Prison in Karaj, when he and a number of other political prisoners organized observances for the anniversary of the controversial elections and for the death of another inmate, Hoda Saber, who died while on hunger strike in prison.