Archive for June 2015

Raising visibility for journalists imprisoned by Iran

Journalist Maziar Bahari

June 12, 2015 – PBS – Journalist Maziar Bahari was held for months in a Tehran prison after being arrested while on assignment. He’s written a memoir of that ordeal, “Then They Came for Me,” plus directed a documentary called “Forced Confessions.” Now he’s launched a website that he’s hoping will draw more attention to the dangers facing journalists in Iran. Bahari discusses the project with William Brangham.

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Silencing journalist and activists weakens protection of human rights in Iran, UN expert warns

United Nations Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed

GENEVA (5 June 2015) – OHCHR –The detention of journalists and human rights defenders weakens the protection of human rights of all in Iran, United Nations Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed has said today, expressing serious concerns at the arbitrary and unlawful arrest, detention and prosecution of journalists and rights activists in the country.

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Young Activist Sentenced to 12.5 Years in Prison for Facebook Posts

Civil rights activist Atena Faraghdani

June 3, 2015 – A Revolutionary Court in Tehran has sentenced artist and civil rights activist Atena Faraghdani to a total of 12.5 years in prison for drawings and content critical of the government that the young activist posted on her Facebook page.

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