Iran expels AFP journalist
Iranian authorities expelled Agence France-Presse deputy bureau chief in Tehran Jay Deshmukh yesterday without giving any official explanation for their decision.
Deshmukh, a 40-year-old Indian national who had been in the country since January 2009, was stripped of his press card along with 10 other correspondents on February 15, a day after a major Tehran protest.
The demonstration was the most significant one in the Iranian capital in a year and was covered by AFP and most of the international media.
AFP chief executive Emmanuel Hoog lodged an official protest with the Iranian authorities, in Tehran and Paris.