News

January 27, 2021

Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020

Follow the news on press freedom in Iran :

27.01.2021 – Journalist jailed for defending two human rights activists

 Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns journalist Reza Taleshian Jelodarzadeh’s arrest in Tehran on 13 January. The onetime editor of Sobeh Azadi, a weekly that was shut down in October 2011, he was taken to Greater Tehran Central Prison to begin serving the three-year jail sentence he received from a Tehran revolutionary court in June 2019 (and which an appeal court upheld a few months later). Convicted on charges of anti-government propaganda and “confusing online public opinion,” he was also sentenced to a fine of 40 million rials (800,000 euros) and a two-year ban on leaving the country and any political, journalistic or civil society activity. His crime was posting a photo of jailed workers’ rights activist Sepideh Gholian on his Instagram account. It showed Gholian and the meal of a small biscuit and an egg that she had been given in prison, and was captioned “A prisoner's share of food in the Islamic Republic.”  He also defended journalist and women’s rights activist Masih Alinejad on his Telegram channel Avangar. Previously arrested in 2012, Jelodarzadeh suffers from a seriously illness that is the result of an injury sustained during the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-1988.

 -----------

18.01.2021 -  Three women journalists released

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has learned of the release of three women journalists in recent weeks. One is Negar Masoudi, a photographer and documentary filmmaker who was released on bail of 1.5 billion toman (3 million euros) on 9 January pending trial. She was arrested on 1 November for photographing the disfigured faces of women who were the victims of a wave of acid attacks in the central city of Isfahan in October 2014.

 

Nada Sabouri and Roghieh (Ashraf) Nafari were released after receiving pardons on 5 December in connection with Iran’s religious festivities. A former journalist and civil society activist, Sabouri was arrested by officials from the Tehran prosecutor’s office on 7 August 2020 and was taken to Evin prison to serve a sentence of three and a half years in prison. Nafari had been returned to prison in October to begin serving a three-month sentence for tweets criticizing the government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis.

------

------------

Press freedom violations recounted in real time January -December 2020)

------------

Press freedom violations recounted in real time  (January -December 2019)

------------

Press freedom violations recounted in real time  (January -December 2018)

----------

Press freedom violations recounted in real time (January -December 2017)

--------------------

Press freedom violations recounted in real time (January -December 2016)

--------------------

Press freedom violations recounted in real time (January -December 2015)

-------------------

Press freedom violations recounted in real time ( January-December 2014)

----------------------

Press freedom violations recounted in real time ( January-December 2013)

----------------

Press freedom violations recounted in real time (January-December 2012)

----------

Press freedom violations recounted in real time (January-December 2011)

-----

Press freedom violations recounted in real time (July-December 2010)

--------

Press freedom violations recounted in real time (January-July 2010)

---------

Press freedom violations recounted in real time (June-December 2009)