08 May 2020
The continued detention of journalist Eisa Savari (Eisa Mahdi Al-Fakher) gives a black image of press freedom in the Netherlands
The Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights denounced the Dutch authorities’ continued detention of journalist Eisa Savari (Al-Fakher), at a time when journalists around the world are celebrating World Press Day under the slogan “practicing the press without fear or favour.”
Journalist Eisa Savari, a member of the media office and TV presenter on Ahwazna, was arrested by the Dutch security forces in early February in The Hague for allegedly spying for an Arab country and engaging in a terrorist attack.
The Ahwazi Organization emphasizes that journalist Eisa Savari has in no way transcended professional norms in his journalistic and media work. He is detained even though he has denied all charges brought against him throughout the investigation period.
Accordingly, the Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights affirms the following:
The arrest of journalist Eisa Savari does not align with the atmosphere of freedom of opinion and expression that we have had in European countries.
The continued detention of journalist Eisa Savari gives a black picture of freedom of the press in the Netherlands in general, and in the Ahwaz in particular.
The organization calls on human rights bodies and organizations, press, media centres, institutions and civil society in the Netherlands to internationalize the issue of journalist Eisa Savari and to work for his unconditional release.
Amnesty International is also calling for it to carry out its tasks and end all forms of harassment, intimidation, and easing the screws against the prominent journalist, Eisa Savari, who is being imprisoned because of his journalistic and media activity against the Iranian regime.
Finally, the organization calls for a press and media class to be set up to defend and defend freedom of the press, as this is an essential pillar of safeguarding human rights and dignity.
The Ahwazi Organization for the Defence of Human Rights