Marzieh Amiri

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Iranian security forces arrested Iranian journalist Marzieh Amiri on October 31, 2022, from her home in Tehran. 

Amiri is a reporter covering crime and local news for Way2Pay, a state-run financial news website. 

Before her arrest, she covered protests following the September 16 death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, after morality police arrested her for allegedly violating the country’s conservative dress law.  

Way2Pay said on Twitter that Amiri was taken to solitary confinement in ward 209 of Evin Prison in Tehran. 

The outlet said she made a phone call to her sister to inform her of her arrest. CPJ was unable to determine whether the journalist is facing charges.

According to a source with knowledge of her case who spoke to CPJ on the condition of anonymity citing fear of reprisal, Amiri has epilepsy and her family is concerned that she is not being properly medicated for the condition in prison. 

In 2019 the journalist was sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison on anti-state charges, but had not yet been taken into custody to serve her sentence at the time of her recent arrest.

Authorities arrested dozens of journalists as the protests over Amini’s death spread across the country. Several of them were later released on bail. 

CPJ emailed Iran’s mission to the United Nations in late 2022 for comment on the cases of imprisoned Iranian journalists but received no response.