RSF- Iran: Long jail terms for journalists arrested in November

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Reporters Without Borders condemns heavy jail sentences on journalists in Iran
Reporters Without Borders condemns heavy jail sentences on journalists in Iran

RSF Website
Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the heavy jail sentences that have been passed on three journalists who were the victims of a wave of arrests in November.

Afarine Chitsaz of the daily Iran, Ehssan Mazndarani, the editor of the daily Farhikhteghan, and Saman Safarzai of the monthly Andisher Poyawere sentenced to ten, seven and five years in prison respectively, according to their lawyers, Mahmoud Alizadeh-Tabatabaie and Iman Mirzazadeh.

A revolutionary court tried them on 7 March on charges of anti-government propaganda, conspiring against government officials and insulting government officials. 

They and Issa Saharkhiz, a well-known independent journalist who edited several reformist newspapers in the past, were arrested at their homes by Revolutionary Guard intelligence officers on 2 November. No sentence has been announced for Saharkhiz, who has been in a Tehran hospital since 10 March after going on hunger strike and suffering a heart attack.

Iran is still one of the world’s five biggest prisons for media personnel and is ranked 169rd out of 180 countriesin the 2016 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

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