The son of detained Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz reports that his father has begun a “dry” hunger strike to protest his treatment in prison.

Issa Saharkhiz

Issa Saharkhiz

Mehdi Saharkhiz, the son of the jailed journalist, reported on his Twitter account on Saturday February 13 that prison authorities have taken away his father’s glasses and are putting him under pressure to “confess to actions he has not committed”.

Issa Saharkhiz is among the journalists arrested in recent months following Ayatollah Khamenei’s warning against “enemy infiltration” of the country’s culture.

Saharkhiz was also arrested following the 2009 election protests and went on several hunger strikes to protest his mistreatment by prison authorities.