Family fails to meet detained journalists in Iran
BERLIN: Relatives of two German journalists detained in Iran since October were disappointed Sunday after traveling to Tehran in hopes of seeing them during the Christmas holidays, but the reporters' employer said Iranian officials had promised to arrange a meeting Monday.
Germany's mass-circulation tabloid Bild said late Sunday that the reporter's sister and the photographer's mother would finally be able to meet with the journalists at an undisclosed location in Tehran, the Iranian capital. The pair, who have not been identified by name, were reporting on a highly publicized stoning case when they were arrested.
The newspaper said a meeting had been scheduled for Saturday, then for Sunday, but both were canceled. That prompted Germany's foreign ministry to issue a a statement that was unusually direct in its wording, saying the relatives had not been granted access "despite repeated promises by Iran." -Reuters