Jul 12, 2022
By Jeremy Logan
Iranian authorities have arrested an internationally renowned filmmaker, the third Iranian director to be locked up in less than a week as the government steps up a crackdown on the country’s celebrated cinema industry.
Jafar Panahi, one of the country’s best-known dissident filmmakers, had gone to the prosecutor’s office in Tehran to check on the cases of his two colleagues detained last week when security forces detained him.
That’s according to reports in several Iranian newspapers on Tuesday.
The Cannes Film Festival has condemned the arrests as part of a troubling crackdown on the arts in Iran.
The increased pressure on filmmakers follows a swath of arrests in recent months as tensions escalate between Iran’s hard-line government and the West.