February 22, 1997, in Tehran, Iran
Mayar, a magazine that frequently criticized government censorship practices against the media, was forced to close by the authorities in 1995. Zalzadeh was one of several Iranian writers and publishers who had volunteered to share the punishment of magazine editor Abbas Maroufi, who was sentenced in January 1996 to six months in prison and 35 lashes for criticizing the government.
Job: Publisher / Owner
Beats Covered: Business, Culture, Human Rights, Politics
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Murder
Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group
Taken Captive: Yes