The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) reports that on Tuesday ‘the Iranian regime sentenced 4 reporters to 27 years in jail.’
The brief report says the 4 ‘detained journalists previously worked for state-run media in Iran.’ The four journalists have been in detention for 5 months since November 2 2015.
The fundamentalist regime’s record on human rights violations and suppression of freedom of expression are well documented. And Iran’s state-run media is controlled and has protocols linked to what journalists fear they can and cannot report on.
The four are accused ‘of spying for the government of the United Kingdom and United States,’ including an apparent ‘gathering and colluding to disrupt national security and having ties to foreign governments’, as well as ‘for propaganda against the regime.’
The names of these journalists are Afarin Chitsaz, Ehsan Mazandarini, Davood Assadi, and Ehsan (Saman) Safarzaie.
The report states that ‘Afarin Chitsaz was sentenced to 10 years behind bars. Ehsan Mazandarini was given seven years. Davood Assadi and Ehsan (Saman) Safarzaie were each handed down a five year sentence.’
The regime’s intelligence agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), who arrested and detained the journalists, are Iran’s most powerful security and military organization.
And symbiotic to the power of the clerical regime’s Supreme Leader Khamenei, the IRGC is responsible for the protection and survival of the regime.
In bids to restrain the regime’s barbarity, last April the UN Security Council extended sanctions against 82 officials in the Iranian regime. This was in response to “serious human rights violations.”