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Iran arrests three filmmakers over protests

Iran arrested Jafar Panahi after he was looking into the case of two other filmmakers accused of involvement in anti-government protests.
A giant poster featuring Iranian director Jafar Panahi is displayed in front of the Berlinale Festival Palace.

A dissident Iranian filmmaker was arrested after he attempted to inquire about two other imprisoned Iranian filmmakers. Jafar Panahi visited a court in Tehran to inquire about the case of Mohammad Rasoulof and Mostafa Al-Ahmad, Iranian filmmakers who were recently arrested over protests. 

Panahi has been very vocal on Instagram about his differences with the direction of the government, especially over censorship. Two days ago Panahi posted a montage in support of Rasoulof and Ahmad and wrote, “When a government reaches a political and economic dead end, it has no tolerance for any type of civil disobedience. Thinking by suppressing and creating a crisis they can distract public opinion from the problems.”  

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