Saba Abdollahi

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Iranian security forces arrested Iranian journalist Saba Abdollahi on November 15, 2022.

Abdollahi is the editor-in-chief of the state-run student news website Bidad Students Journal, which mainly runs opinion and analysis articles. Abdollahi also provides reporting for the outlet. 

According to a source with knowledge of the case who spoke to CPJ on the condition of anonymity due to fear of reprisal, Abdollahi was arrested November 15 at home in Tehran and taken to Evin Prison. 

In the leadup to her arrest, Abdollahi had covered national 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, the source said. 

The source said she was interrogated in prison on accusations of “spreading propaganda,” “acting against national security” and other anti-state activities, but has not been officially charged. 

CPJ was unable to determine the status of the journalist’s health in custody. 

Authorities have arrested dozens of journalists in Iran as protests against Amini’s death spread across the country. Several of them have been 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.