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4 Journalists Imprisoned in Iran on Security Charges

A US-based media group condemned the sentencing by a court in Iran of 4 reformist journalists to between 5 – 10 years in jail.

Afarin Chitsaz, Saman Safarzai Ehsan Mazandarani & Davud Asadi were found guilty of charges together with acting against the national security.

The Committee to safeguard Journalists advised Iran to alter laws that it says permits journalists to be troubled.

The four were in remission in Nov as a part of a crackdown by hardliners.

Artists, Writers, and different cultural figures were additionally detained within the run-up to February’s elections for parliament and also the Assembly of specialists, within which supporters of moderate President Hassan Rouhani created gains.

The journalists were guilty by a court in Teheran on Tuesday on numerous charges, together with “spreading info against the Islamic Republic” and “acting against national security and contacting foreign governments,” the Tasnim wire service reportable.

An attorney for 3 of the journalists, Mohammed Alizadeh-Tabatabai, told Tasnim that Davud Asadi, whose brother co-founded the Rooz on-line opposition web site, was sentenced to ten years in jail.

Ehsan Mazandarani, who is the managing-director of the Farhikhtegan newspaper, was confined for seven years, said Mr. Alizadeh-Tabatabai.

Afarin Chitsaz, who is an editorialist for govt.-owned Iran newspaper and historian, and Saman Safarzai, who is an editorialist for Andishey-e Puya magazine Ehsun Sarfarzai, were handed five-year sentences, said the attorney.

They have twenty one days to charm against their sentences.

The four were suspect of “paving the means for United States of America infiltration of the country” after being in remission at the side of veteran journalist Isa Saharkhiz last year by the intelligence unit of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), in line with the Iranian Labour press agency.

“Convicting journalists for ‘acting against national security’ underlines the necessity to alter the overbroad laws that lead to the harassment and jailing of the media,” had said CPJ’s Sherif Mansour, adding, “Iranian authorities should stop imprisoning journalists.”

President Rouhani, who had condemned the journalists’ arrests, has called the larger media freedom in numerous speeches.

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