A court docket in Iran has sentenced two feminine journalists to as much as seven years in jail for “collaborating” with the US authorities amongst different expenses
ByThe Related Press
October 22, 2023, 5:27 AM
Dubai, United Arab Emirates — A court docket in Iran sentenced two feminine journalists to as much as seven years in jail for “collaborating” with the US authorities amongst different expenses, native stories stated. Each have been imprisoned for over a 12 months following their protection of the loss of life of Mahsa Amini whereas in police custody in Sept. 2022.
This can be a preliminary sentencing that may be appealed in 20 days.
The 2 journalists, Niloufar Hamedi, who broke the information of Amini’s loss of life for carrying her scarf too loosely, and Elaheh Mohammadi, who wrote about her funeral, have been sentenced to seven and 6 years in jail respectively, reported the judiciary information web site, Mizan on Sunday.
Tehran Revolutionary Courtroom charged them with “collaborating with the hostile American authorities,” “colluding towards nationwide safety” and “propaganda towards the system,” based on Mezan.
Hamedi labored for the reformist newspaper Shargh whereas Mohammadi for Ham-Mihan. They have been detained in September 2022.
In Could, the United Nations awarded them each its premier prize for press freedom “for his or her dedication to reality and accountability.”
Amini’s loss of life touched off months-long protests in dozens of cities throughout Iran. The demonstrations posed one of the vital critical challenges to the Islamic Republic because the 2009 Inexperienced Motion protests drew tens of millions to the streets.
Whereas almost 100 journalists have been arrested amid the demonstrations, Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi’s reporting was essential within the days after Amini’s loss of life to unfold the phrase concerning the anger that adopted.
Their detentions have sparked worldwide criticism over the bloody safety power crackdown that lasted months after Amini’s loss of life.
Because the protests started, not less than 529 folks have been killed in demonstrations, based on Human Rights activists in Iran. Over 19,700 others have been detained by authorities amid a violent crackdown making an attempt to suppress the dissent. Iran for months has not supplied any total casualty figures, whereas acknowledging tens of 1000’s had been detained.