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Iran frees British-Greek journalist

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi says British-Greek journalist Iason Athanasiadis-Fowden was released on Sunday after being arrested in connection with street riots in the country.

Iranian authorities say they have released a journalist working for the Washington Times.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi said British-Greek journalist Iason Athanasiadis-Fowden had been released on Sunday.

"[Iason Athanasiadis-Fowden] who worked for an American media company and who was arrested for activities that were contradictory to journalism and in connection with the recent street riots was freed today," Ghashghavi was quoted as stating by the ISNA news agency.

His release was the result of "goodwill efforts" by Tehran's ambassador to Athens, according to the spokesman, who added that Athanasiadis-Fowden's press credentials for Iran have also been cancelled.

So far, there's been no independent verification of the release.  Reports are hard to verify in Iran due to restrictions placed on media.

Iran has been racked by protests since the June 12 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran's top legislative body — a 12-member clerical council — has rejected calls for it to invalidate the election over charges of voting irregularities.

In all, some 24 journalists and bloggers have been arrested during that time including Iranian-Canadian reporter Maziar Bahari, who was in the country to file for Newsweek magazine.

The Fars News Agency, a semi-official government-aligned organization, reported earlier this week that Bahari had admitted his election coverage was biased in favour of the opposition.

The Canadian government has reportedly demanded to have access to Bahari, whose whereabouts are unknown.

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