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Issa Saharkhiz

Saharkhiz, a prominent Iranian journalist, was arrested on November 2, 2015, for “insulting the Supreme Leader,” and “propaganda against the regime,” his son Mehdi told CPJ. The next day, local media outlets with close ties to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps reported that five local journalists had been arrested for being part of an “infiltration network”…

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Issa Saharkhiz

Saharkhiz, a prominent Iranian journalist, was arrested on November 2, 2015, for “insulting the Supreme Leader,” and “propaganda against the regime,” his son Mehdi told CPJ. The next day, local media outlets with close ties to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps reported that five local journalists had been arrested for being part of an “infiltration network”…

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Issa Saharkhiz, in an undated family photo. The freelance journalist was sentenced to one year in prison the day after being freed. (Mehdi Saharkhiz)

Iran frees Issa Saharkhiz then sentences him to one year in jail

New York, April 28, 2017–Iranian authorities should immediately drop all charges against freelance journalist Issa Saharkhiz, who was sentenced yesterday to one year in prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The sentence was handed down the day after Saharkhiz was released from jail on a separate charge, according to the journalist’s son and…

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Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz sentenced to three years in jail

New York, August 10, 2016–A revolutionary court in Tehran sentenced the prominent Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz to three years in jail on August 8 for “insulting the Supreme Leader” and “propagating against the state,” according to his lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei, and news reports.

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President Rouhani, pictured in Tehran on November 6. The U.N. is due to vote next week on a resolution to promote human rights in Iran. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

CPJ calls on UN to support resolution on human rights in Iran

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CPJ, along with over 30 Iranian and international human rights organizations, has called on the U.N. General Assembly to vote in favor of a proposed resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in Iran next week.

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Supporters of Iran's President Hassan Rouhani wave flags during a campaign rally in Tehran on May 9. Iranian authorities have targeted messaging app Telegram ahead of the May 19 elections. (AP/Vahid Salemi)

Iran targets Telegram app as it seeks to control news ahead of May election

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Iran has a history of cracking down on the independent press ahead of elections, with authorities arresting journalists and forcing reformist outlets to shut down. As Iranians prepare to vote in presidential and city council elections on May 19, authorities have turned their attention to Telegram, arresting several channel administrators for the app.

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A guard stands in a hallway in the women's section of Tehran's Evin Prison, June 13, 2006. Journalist and activist Hengameh Shahidi was transferred to the prison last week. (Reuters/Morteza Nikoubazi)

Iranian journalists arrested ahead of elections

New York, March 15, 2017–Iranian authorities should immediately release Ehsan Mazandarani, Hengameh Shahidi, and all journalists jailed for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The arrests come ahead of presidential elections scheduled for May.

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CPJ Launches 2017 Free the Press Campaign

Governments using anti-state legislation to silence the press New York, January 26, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists today launched its annual Free the Press Campaign to raise awareness of journalists imprisoned worldwide with an event at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. This year, the campaign will highlight the cases of 10 journalists imprisoned around…

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Free the Press 2017

#FreeThePress Free the Press is campaign run by CPJ to raise awareness and take action around the cases of 10 journalists imprisoned on anti-state charges like terrorism charges. In its most recent prison census, CPJ found that 182 of 259 jailed journalists were serving sentences for anti-state charges. Since 2001, governments have repeatedly exploited national…

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2016 prison census: 259 journalists jailed worldwide

As of December 1, 2016 Analysis: Turkey’s crackdown leads to record high | CPJ Methodology | Blog: Imprisoned in Panama | Blog: Weighing China cases | Video: Turkey: A Prison For Journalists | Video: Prison Census 2016

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