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Mon 11 Jan 2010 07:59 AM

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Iran authorities free Dubai TV reporter

Dubai Media Inc managing director confirms release of Redha Al Basha following arrest in Dec.

Iran authorities have released Redha Al Basha, the Dubai TV correspondent held in Tehran, Dubai Media Incorporated has announced.

"The release of Al Basha, a 27-year-old Syrian journalist, came following a series of frequent contacts made over the past days with the Iranian authorities concerned especially the Foreign Press Bureau at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance," Ahmed Al Sheikh, managing director of DMI said in comments published by news agency WAM.

He confirmed the arrest of Al Basha on December 28 2009, a development followed by extensive contacts with Iranian authorities which culminated in his release on Sunday.

Al Basha, who was accredited to work in Tehran by Dubai TV, was in good condition, according to colleagues who spoke to UAE daily The National.

He was detained while covering violent confrontations with protesters.

He was one of 300 people arrested on Ashura, a day of mourning for Shiites. The day, December 27, was one of the bloodiest since demonstrations erupted following June’s disputed presidential election.

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