Iranian reformist journalist Reyhaneh Tabatabaei begins serving a one-year prison term today at Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, according to Journalism Is Not A Crime.
The 35-year-old female journalist will spend the next year behind bars for allegedly “spreading propaganda against the regime” through her journalistic activities.
Her trial took place in a Revolutionary Court in 2014, where Judge Salavati – who is well-known for his harsh rulings – handed down a one-year prison sentence and a two-year ban on joining political parties and writing for any newspaper or website to the reformist journalist.
Support of the Green Movement, her activities on Facebook and some of her charity work, was also used as evidence against her.
Tabatabaei was informed of her sentence on November 17, 2015 and summoned to Evin Prison on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. She was originally arrested in June 2014.
The journalist has been arrested three times over the past five years, and has spent more than six months in Evin Prison, including two months in solitary confinement.
Her imprisonment follows a wave of arrests of journalists, poets and artists by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in the past few months in what appears to be a preventive crackdown on free expression ahead of parliamentary elections in February 2016.
Read more about Reyhaneh Tabatabaei on her profile.
Journalist Reyhaneh Tabatabaei sentenced to prison
Iranian journalist Reyhaneh Tabatabaei to spend one year behind bars.Read more: https://journalismisnotacrime.com/en/news/693/Opslået af Journalism Is Not a Crime på 19. november 2015