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Journalists attacked in Iran since 1992

  
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Majid Motalebzadeh arrested, charged with cybercrimes for economic reporting

Washington, D.C., June 29, 2020 – Iranian authorities should immediately drop charges against Majid Motalebzadeh, editor and reporter at the state-run Sedaye Eslahat newspaper, and release him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On June 20, Motalebzadeh appeared before the Cyber Crimes Court in Tehran after being summoned by the country’s Cyber Police Unit,…

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At least 5 journalists sentenced to jail in Iran since early June

Since the beginning of June, Iranian authorities have sentenced at least five journalists to prison sentences for their work, according to news reports and social media posts by the journalists. On June 1, Branch 46 of Tehran’s Court of Appeals sentenced Majid Motalebzadeh, editor of the state-run Sedaye Eslahat newspaper, and Hadi Kasaeizadeh, the former…

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Managing director of Iranian news agency convicted on false news charges

On May 31, 2020, Branch 6 of Tehran’s Media Court convicted Ali Motaghian, the managing director of the semi-official Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA), on charges of “spreading false news,” according to a report by the news agency. CPJ could not determine what sentence Motaghian received or whether he is in custody. The semi-official Iranian…

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Tehran, Iran, is seen on April 3, 2020. Journalist Nejat Bahrami recently began a one-year jail term in Tehran for his work. (West Asia News Agency/Ali Khara via Reuters)

Iranian journalist Nejat Bahrami begins 1-year jail term

Washington, D.C., May 20, 2020 — Iranian authorities should immediately release journalist Nejat Bahrami from prison and cease arbitrarily jailing members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A street in Tehran is seen on April 21, 2020. Iranian journalist Hassan Fathi recently began a jail term for speaking with the BBC. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

Iranian journalist Hassan Fathi begins 1.5 year jail term over BBC interview

Washington, D.C., May 13, 2020 — Iranian authorities should release journalist Hassan Fathi from prison and cease arbitrarily jailing members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Tehran, Iran, is seen on April 3, 2020. Iranian authorities recently arrested two journalists for allegedly sharing a political cartoon. (AP/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran arrests 2 journalists for allegedly sharing cartoon mocking government’s COVID-19 response

Washington, D.C., April 27, 2020 — Iranian authorities should immediately drop their investigations into journalists Masoud Heydari and Hamid Haghjoo, and let them work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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People walk in Tehran, Iran, on April 13, 2020. Two Iranian universities recently filed suits against journalists for their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

Iranian medical schools sue journalists over coronavirus coverage

Since February 2020, two medical schools in Iran have filed criminal suits against at least two journalists over their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, according to reports by the International Federation of Journalists and the Human Rights Activists News Agency, two exile-run outlets that cover news in Iran.

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A volunteer sprays disinfectant in Tehran, Iran, on April 3, 2020. Authorities recently detained journalist Gholamreza NoriAlaa over a COVID-19 report. (West Asia News Agency)/Ali Khara via Reuters)

Iranian journalist detained over coronavirus coverage

On April 2, 2020, security agents in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah arrested and detained Kurdish Iranian journalist Gholamreza Noori Ala for several hours and then released him, according to a report posted to Telegram by the Tehran Journalists Association, a local trade group, and an employee of the association, who spoke to CPJ…

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A man reads newspapers in Tehran, Iran, on January 4, 2020. The country recently banned all newspaper printing and distribution, citing fears of spreading COVID-19. (AP/Vahid Salemi)

Iran bans printing of all newspapers, citing spread of coronavirus

Washington, D.C., March 31, 2020 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over Iranian authorities’ decision to suspend all newspaper printing and distribution in the country, where newsgathering and distribution is already tightly restricted.

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An Iranian woman wearing a protective face mask chooses traditional items ahead of Nowruz, the national New Year celebration, at the Tajrish Bazaar in the capital Tehran on March 19, 2020, despite the heavy death toll due the novel coronavirus in the country. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the government has covered up crucial information and threatened journalists. (AFP/Stringer)

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Iran covers up crucial information and threatens journalists

In recent months, the stability of the Iranian government has been threatened by widespread protests in late 2019 and the shooting down of a Ukrainian civilian aircraft in January 2020 amid heightened tensions with the U.S. The latest threat is the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit Iran harder than any country except China or Italy.…

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