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Over 90 Journalists Arrested or Detained Since Start of Protests in Iran

Quick Breakdown:

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.

Mahsa Amini.

The Details:

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.

Chase Baker
Chase Baker
Chase is a seasoned journalist and former resident of Iraqi Kurdistan. With a background in English and Philosophy from the College of Charleston, Chase covered the 2022 conflict in eastern Ukraine, including cities like Kharkiv, Bakhmut, and Kramatorsk. He has also produced short documentaries in Ukraine and the U.S., and has been with Atlas for three years.

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