UPDATE: Iran: Women’s sports photographer, Maryam Majd, released on bail
Maryam Majd, a women’s sports photographer, arrested on her way to film the Women’s Soccer World Cup in Germany, has been released on bail, of 100,000 US Dollars, because of poor health. Maryam Majd disappeared on her way from Tehran, Iran, to Dusseldorf in Germany on the 17th of June 2011. She was held in Tehran's notorious Evin prison, in ward 2A, controlled by the Revolutionary Guards. Ms Majd was expected in Germany for two months during the Women's Soccer World Cup 2011, in order to produce a photographic record of the different soccer teams.
Actresses Marzieh Vafamehr and Pegah Ahangarani were arrested within the past two weeks on unspecified charges. Documentary filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi, also a women's rights activist, was arrested in June by Iranian security forces. Pegah Ahangarani, 27, was scheduled to go to Germany to participate in TV programmes about the Fifa tournament, but was picked up from her home in the capital by security officials on Sunday 10 July. See the Guardian newspaper for further information.