Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti died from abuse suffered in Evin Prison. In this video, produced by IranWire in cooperation with CPJ, Beheshti’s mother describes the anguish she has endured and asks for support for all the other journalists and political prisoners being held in Iran. In all, 40 journalists were jailed as of April 2013, a testament to the iron grip the government has on news and commentary.
Please read our accompanying special report, “As election nears, Iran’s journalists are in chains,” which documents the use of imprisonment as a tool of censorship. It also provides capsule reports on all journalists in jail.
(For the Farsi-language video, please click here.)