Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Iran: suppressed

In the past two weeks, the authorities in Iran have intensified their attacks on journalists and newspapers.
According to the CPJ since December 2010 34 journalists and bloggers are in prison. In 2011 more than 60 journalists have been forced into exile and authorities have shut down at least 40 publications since 2009.
It was now disclosed that in March Azeri journalist Fereydoun Seydi Rad was arrested and spent 43 days in isolation. His sister said their family had maintained silence for eight months because they had been threatened. In August, a Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Seydi Rad to one year in prison for "propagating against the regime" in writings on his blog, Arak Green Revolution, and two years for "participating in Ayatollah Montazeri's funeral" and "participating in an Ashura Day protest," in December 2010, which Seydi Rad denied.

The appeals court upheld the heavy prisonsentences against four leftish laboractivists from Tabriz, East Azerbaijan.
Shahrokh Zamani was sentenced to 11 years, Nima Pouryaghob to 6 years, Mohammad Jarahi to 5 years and Sasan Vahebivash was sentenced to 6 months in prison.
A fifth defendant Buick Sydler was found not guilty.

podcast 40 Maziar Bahari on the crackdown of filmmakers

For 111 days, there is no news about arrested Kouhyar Goudarzi and his mother Parvin Mokthareh.
A petition can be signed


In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

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