UPDATE: Iran: Maryam Majd held in ward 2A of Evin prison, concerns for her health
Maryam Majd, an Iranian photojournalist, who disappeared on her way from Tehran, Iran, to Dusseldorf in Germany is being held in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. She is in ward 2A, controlled by the Revolutionary Guards, according to a reliable source. It is now over ten days since she last spoke to her family. During that phone call, she was crying and asked her mother 'Please do something to release me from here'. Her family and friends are particularly concerned that she has access to her medication, which she takes daily. No formal charges have been brought against Ms. Majd so far.
Maryam 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.
There is believed to be a connection with another case: Mahnaz Mohammadi, a filmmaker, 37, was picked up from her home in the capital Tehran last week by security officers who refused to show a warrant for her arrest and was taken to Evin prison, where many activists are being held. Ms Mohammadi is possibly being held in the same 2A ward.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement on Thursday that the Iranian government's recent arrest of several female activists is part of a campaign to stifle dissent. Hague says that the arrests "are truly disturbing."
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