Iran Sentences Journalist Marzieh Amiri to 10 Years & 148 Lashes

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Iriania journalist Marzieh Amiri

HAVANA TIMES – Iran has sentenced journalist and activist Marzieh Amiri to 10.5 years in prison and 148 lashes, charging her with “collusion against national security,” “propaganda against the state” and “disturbing public order.”

[It was not mentioned whether she will be beaten before or after serving her harsh prison sentence.]

Amiri was arrested along with other labor activists as they protested in Tehran on May 1, International Workers’ Day.

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the harsh sentence and said, “Iranian authorities are escalating their threats against journalists who report on economic issues amid the country’s ongoing crisis.

Amiri’s reporting on the economic hardships of Iranian citizens is not a criminal act nor does it warrant this vindictive and violent response. She should be released immediately.”

4 thoughts on “Iran Sentences Journalist Marzieh Amiri to 10 Years & 148 Lashes

  • August 30, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    This violence against women and freedom fighters is inhumane and must be stopped. Is there anything we can do to help these people? It is the second story that I have seen of a non-violent woman with a nearly identical sentence being imposed in that area.

  • August 28, 2019 at 12:46 am

    At least they haven’t yet introduced the lash in Cuba!

  • August 27, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    There is great similarity between totalitarian states whether Iran, Russia, China, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, Zimbabwe or any of the others. They just do not want their misdeeds to be known throughout the free world and thus not only impose censorship, but persecute, prosecute, torture and kill those whom they regard as threatening to inform others of the truth, in their fear of disclosure.
    As Fidel Castro said of the uprising (revolution) in Prague in 1968:

    “Certain measures were taken such as the establishment of a bourgeois form of freedom of the press. This means the counterrevolution and the exploiters, the very enemies of socialism, were granted the right to speak and write freely against socialism.”

    ‘Che’ Guevara was factual when he wrote:

    We must do away with all newspapers. A revolution cannot be accomplished with freedom of the press.”

    Such views are invariably supported by communists in their desire to impose their inhumane system upon others.

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