Sajjad Rahmani

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Iranian security forces arrested Iranian journalist Sajjad Rahmani on November 29, 2022. 

Rahmani is a freelance reporter covering local news of his hometown, the northern city of Masal, in Gilan province, for a variety of local publications. 

According to the exile-run Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), which reported on his arrest, he is a member of the semi state-run Gilan Province Journalism Association. 

The journalist used social media to document 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, according to a source with knowledge of the case who spoke to CPJ on the condition of anonymity, citing fear of reprisal. 

CPJ was unable to locate any of the journalist’s social media accounts. 

Authorities have arrested dozens of journalists in Iran in relation to their coverage of the demonstrations after Amini’s death. Several of them have now 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.