German radio station says Iranian blogger arrested

July 18, 2011 - 7:14 AM

BERLIN (AP) — German public radio says a dissident Iranian actress was arrested as she prepared to leave for Germany to write a blog for the station about the women's football World Cup.

Deutsche Welle said Monday it has learned from people close to Pegah Ahangarani that the actress has been arrested and is being detained in Tehran's notorious Evin prison.

The broadcaster urged Iranian authorities to immediately release the 27-year-old.

It said the actress was to write a blog on the World Cup for the radio's Persian-language section but decided against going to Germany after being warned by Iranian authorities not to go a day before her planned departure. She vanished shortly thereafter. People close to her said they learned late last week that she was detained.