Following Iranian women prevented from entering the 12,000 man Azadi Stadium by Iran’s police on Friday, June 20th, female journalists were banned from entering Azadi sports stadium to cover the second volleyball game between Iran and Italy.
Only a number of female reporters and administrative game officials such as female secretaries were allowed to be present in the stadium prior to this.
However, according to a report issued by IRNA, female reporters were prohibited from entering Azadi Stadium for the three upcoming Iranian team volleyball matches. As a result of the women’s insistence to watch the national volleyball team’s game in Azadi Stadium, some women were allowed to watch it yet with some annotations last Friday. This was covered in some news sources and social Medias.
Amongst the Friday annotations, a number of women seeking to enter the stadium were arrested by state security forces while some female reporters who had received special permits from the Volleyball Federation to watch and report the match, first entered the stadium yet minutes later, officials of the state security forces directed them out of the stadium.
(Radio Farda, June 21, 2014)