(from Reuters, 1/9; via Drudge Report.)

DUBAI (Reuters) – An Iranian poet who backed a reformist candidate in 2009's disputed presidential election has been detained amid a crackdown on artists and activists, a U.S.-based rights group said.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) said late on Friday that Hila Sedighi had been arrested at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport on Jan. 7 as she returned from the United Arab Emirates.

Dozens of journalists, activists and artists have been arrested on charges such as "propaganda" since October in an apparent crackdown on free expression and dissent ahead of next month's election to parliament and the assembly that will choose Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's successor.

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