Iranian journalist Khosrow Sadeghi Borojeni is serving a seven-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin Prison on charges of “colluding against national security and insulting the Islamic republic’s founder” in relation to his critical writing. After being arrested and released on bail in May 2019, he was jailed in August 2020.
Borojeni is a columnist on topics such as poverty among Iranian workers and the government’s alleged mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic for several state-run publications, including the weekly Majaleh Hafteh magazine, according to the journalist’s personal website and a report by the Persian service of U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Voice of America
Borojeni was initially arrested on May 8, 2019, and was detained for six nights before being released on bail, according to that report. In February 2020, a Tehran court sentenced Borojeni to eight years in prison for “colluding against national security and insulting the Islamic republic’s founder,” according to a report by the U.S.-government funded Radio Farda and a report by the news website Radio Zamaneh
On June 13, 2020, Branch 36 of Tehran’s Appeals Court reduced Borojeni’s sentence to seven years, according to those reports.
On August 18, authorities arrested Borojeni in the northwestern Iranian province of West Azerbaijan, and on September 9 transferred him to Tehran’s Evin Prison to begin his sentence, according to reports by the exile-run outlets IranWire and the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA).
Borojeni is required to serve at least five years of his sentence, according to those reports.
According to a report by HRANA, Borojeni was transferred to Ward 8, from Ward 4, of Evin Prison on September 29, 2020.
At the time of Borojeni’s arrest, CPJ called the Tehran judiciary office for comment, but no one answered. In mid-September 2021, CPJ also emailed Alireza Miryousefi, the head of the media office of Iran’s U.N. mission, to inquire about the case of imprisoned Iranian journalists, including Borojeni, but did not receive any reply.