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AFP journalist expelled from Iran

AFP journalist expelled from Iran

Agence France-Presse says that its deputy bureau chief in Tehran has been expelled from Iran.
The French news agency says that Jay Deshmukh, a 40-year-old of Indian nationality, left Iran on Friday morning shortly after being notified of the expulsion order.
AFP's information director Philippe Massonnet says that Iranian authorities gave no reason for the decision to expel Deshmukh. He simply "received the order to leave."
Massonnet said Friday that Deshmukh was among 10 or so foreign journalists whose press cards were withdrawn Feb. 15, a day after an opposition rally by tens of thousands in solidarity with Egypt's popular uprising.
It was the first significant rally by regime opponents in a year as authorities had refused permission for street protests.