Naghipour, a reporter and Web editor for the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), was serving a seven-year term at Evin Prison on anti-state charges related to his work in documenting violations of human rights, according to news reports.
Naghipour also established and managed a website that collected Farsi articles in different areas of humanities, philosophy, politics, and literature, according to reformist news websites.
In early 2013, HRANA reported that Naghipour had developed gum disease in prison. The journalist was denied furlough in March 2013, the human rights agency said. He was released on furlough on July 28, 2014, and returned to prison on August 2, 2014, according to news websites and rights groups.