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Iranian Photojournalist Missing in Tehran

3:10 PM, Jun 22, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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An Iranian photojournalist who was getting powerful images of protesters from places other journalists could not or would not tread is missing. From LIFE:

A NOTE TO OUR READERS: We are saddened to report that the Iranian photojournalist, whose pictures appear in this gallery, is missing. He has not been in contact with us; this morning we received the following email from one of his relatives. We will update this space when we have more details. THE EMAIL: Hi im [photographer's relative], when he go out side yester day for he never came back home and also his friend and a lot of our young brave people, government arrested them [. . .] don't let them suffer in those bloody hands. With thanks.

You can see the photographer's slideshow at the link.

An update from Tehran Bureau on Twitter- one of the frequently referenced Twitter sources for Iranian news-on the atmosphere in Iran today, where crackdowns by riot police have reportedly cut down on the crowd numbers:

from Tehran: "They have cordened off about 20 metres of road in Vanak Square, I was there at 7pm tonight." cont.

They are stopping and searching cars and peoples bags. They are taking peoples ID cards and cameras." end quote

A note from Tehran: police/basij pulling cars over to inspect at checkpoints... they will seize any cameras along with the owner's ID card

pls be careful and keep your cameras at home -- or well-hidden ... ! [end quote]