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Journalist extradited from Turkey and sentenced to 10 years in Iran

December 18, 2019 11:09 AM ET

Turkish intelligence agents arrested Arash Shoa-Shargh, an Iranian journalist living in exile in Turkey, on January 5, 2018, in Van, a city near Iran’s border, a friend of the journalist, who asked not to be named to protect their safety, told CPJ on December 16, 2019....

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Iranian journalist imprisoned, fired, and forced into exile over a single word

December 11, 2019 12:00 AM ET

In October 2018, authorities arrested Pouyan Khoshhal as he drove through the northern Iranian city of Rasht, by the Caspian Sea. The reason for the journalist’s arrest: his use of the word “death” instead of “martyrdom” to describe a Shiite saint in an article for the reformist newspaper Ebtekar....

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Iranian authorities arrest journalist Mohammad Mosaed for tweets amid internet shutdown

November 25, 2019 4:30 PM ET

Washington, D.C., November 25, 2019 -- Iranian authorities should immediately release journalist Mohammad Mosaed and drop any charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iranian government cuts internet access nationwide amid protests

November 20, 2019 5:25 PM ET

Washington, D.C., November 20, 2019 -- Iranian authorities should immediately restore internet access throughout the country and allow information to flow freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iranian court sentences 2 journalists to jail on propaganda charges

November 12, 2019 3:34 PM ET

In October 2019, the Tehran Appeals Court sentenced Pouria Alami, a political columnist and satirist with the reformist Shargh Daily, to one year in prison and Tahereh Riahi, the former social affairs editor of the government-funded Borna News Agency, to two and a half years in prison, according to...

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Iranian journalist in exile arrested, gives televised confession in Iran

October 16, 2019 10:32 AM ET

On October 14, 2019, intelligence agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps arrested journalist and activist Roohollah Zam, manager of Amad News, a popular anti-government news channel on the messaging app Telegram, according to a statement by the guard corps that was broadcast on state media....

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September 10, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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Iran sentences conservative columnist Hossein Ghadyani to 6 months in prison for Instagram post

September 6, 2019 1:45 PM ET

Washington, D.C., September 6, 2019 -- Iranian authorities should release journalist Hossein Ghadyani from prison and stop jailing and harassing government critics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iran sentences journalist Marzieh Amiri to 10.5 years in prison, 148 lashes

August 26, 2019 12:45 PM ET

Washington D.C., August 26, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned the Tehran's Revolutionary Guard Corps Branch 28 Court’s sentencing of Shargh Daily economics reporter Marzieh Amiri to 10 and a half years in prison and 148 lashes....

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Iranian photojournalist Forough Alaei detained for 5 days over soccer stadium coverage

August 20, 2019 3:45 PM ET

On August 12, 2019, intelligence agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps arrested freelance photojournalist Forough Alaei and five women’s rights activists, accusing them of attempting to illegally enter Tehran’s Azadi Stadium, according to a report by the BBC’s Persian service. The six were released on bail on August...

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