According to local media reports, Iranian authorities have apprehended over 90 journalists in the past 10 months.
This crackdown on the press followed nationwide protests that erupted in September 2022 after the death of Iranian-Kurd Mahsa Amini, who was taken into custody for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women.
The protests resulted in numerous casualties, including both civilians and security personnel.
Thousands were arrested, accused of participating in what the authorities labeled as “riots” instigated by external influences, particularly the West.
The reformist Shargh daily reported that the detained journalists were either arrested or called for questioning across various cities.
While most have been released, the situation remains uncertain for 11 journalists, six of whom are detained, and five are awaiting verdicts.
Among the detained journalists are Niloufar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi, both of whom had covered the circumstances of Mahsa Amini’s death.
They have been held since September and are currently undergoing separate closed-door trials in Tehran.
The charges against them include propagating anti-state sentiments and conspiring against national security.