Media News - Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Two Iranian journalists, Shiva Nazar Ahari and Jila Bani Yaghoob, have been arrested in order to serve previously imposed jail sentences. Their detention brings to five the number of women journalists in jail in Iran. Ahari, 27, a human rights activist and editor of the Azad Zan (Freed Women) website, is serving a four-year sentence for plotting against national security and transmitting anti-government propaganda. She was also sentenced to 74 lashes. Yaghoob, who has been a journalist since 1994, wrote for many reformist newspapers (now closed) about Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq. Her "We are journalists" blog was awarded a press freedom prize in the 2010, and the year before she won the International Women's Media Foundation's courage-in-journalism award. She was arrested in June 2009 along with her husband, fellow journalist Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee. Yaghoob was released on bail two months later, but her husband was given a five-year jail sentence for articles critical of the Ahmadinejad administration. In October 2010, she received a one-year jail sentence and was banned from working as a journalist for 30 years. (Reporters Without Borders via The Guardian)
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