Posted by: bahareiran | August 13, 2011

More than 30 journalists languishing in Iranian prisons

Only in the past year, more than 10 journalists who were previously released on bail, were jailed after their sentences were finalized…

Currently more than 30 journalists have been jailed with sentences ranging from 1 to 12 years of prison.

Ahmad Zeid Abadi, Alireza Rajayi, Abolfazl Abedini, Esa Saharkhiz, Ali Malihi, Nader Karimi Jouni, Emad Bahavar, Shahin Zinali, Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, Bahman Ahmadi Amouyi, Siamak Qaderi and dozens of other journalists are currently jailed in the prisons of the Islamic Republic of Iran serving their prison terms. Sentences that were issued in show trials without due process and the presence of a jury.

The Iranian government has still maintained its place as the most violent violator of the right to free speech, free media and other civil liberties not only because of the presence of more than 30 journalists sentenced to about 150 years of prison overall but because of the summonses and pressures that a large number of Iranian journalists are subjected to including Abdolreza Tajik, Mohamamd Quchani, Farzaneh Roustayi, Nazanin Khosravani, Ahmad Gholami and others. (Human Rights Activists in Iran – Aug. 11, 2011)

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