Report: 19 Journalists Imprisoned in Iran

December 17, 2015

At the end of 2015, Iran was the world’s third leading jailer of journalists after China and Egypt, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The organization listed 19 journalists behind bars in the Islamic Republic. In Iran, among other countries, “a climate of fear for the media persists, with many of those released continuing to face legal charges or harsh restrictions, including forced exile,” according to an annual report. “Anti-state charges remain the favored tool for jailing journalists in Iran, where the number of journalists in jail fell in 2015 to 19 from 30 a year earlier, but where the revolving-door policy of allowing some prisoners out on furlough while others are arrested continues.” The following is a list of the 19 journalists.

 

Adnan Hassanpour, Aso
MEDIUM: Print
CHARGE: Anti-state
IMPRISONED: January 25, 2007
 
Mohammad Seddigh Kaboudvand, Payam-e-Mardom
MEDIUM: Print
CHARGE: Anti-state
IMPRISONED: July 1, 2007
 
Arash Honarvar Shojaei, Freelance
MEDIUM: Internet
CHARGE: Anti-state, Insult
IMPRISONED: October 28, 2010
 
Mostafa Abdi, Majzooban-e-Noor
MEDIUM: Internet
CHARGE: Anti-state
IMPRISONED: September 5, 2011
 
Saeed Madani, Freelance
MEDIUM: Print
CHARGE: Anti-state
IMPRISONED: January 7, 2012
 
Khosrow Kordpour, Mukrian News Agency
MEDIUM: Internet
CHARGE: Anti-state
IMPRISONED: March 7, 2013
 
Massoud Kordpour, Freelance
MEDIUM: Internet, Radio
CHARGE: Anti-state
IMPRISONED: March 8, 2013
 
Saeed Razavi Faghih, Sobh-e Emrooz, Bahar, Rooz Online
MEDIUM: Print
CHARGE: Anti-state
IMPRISONED: March 6, 2014
 
Serajeddin Mirdamadi, Toos, Hayat-e No, Radio Zamaneh
MEDIUM: Print, Radio
CHARGE: Anti-state
IMPRISONED: May 10, 2014
 
Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post
MEDIUM: Print, Internet
CHARGE: Anti-State
IMPRISONED: July 22, 2014
 
Saeed Pourheydar, Freelance
MEDIUM: Print
CHARGE: Anti-State
IMPRISONED: January 4, 2015
Atena Farghadani, Freelance
MEDIUM: Internet
CHARGE: Anti-state
IMPRISONED: January 10, 2015
 
Kayvan Mehregan, Sharq
MEDIUM: Print
CHARGE: Anti-state
IMPRISONED: August 26, 2015
 
Hassan Sheikh Aghaei, Ruwange
MEDIUM: Internet
CHARGE: No Charge
IMPRISONED: October 7, 2015
 
Ehsan Mazandarani, Farhikhtegan
MEDIUM: Print
CHARGE: No charge
IMPRISONED: November 2, 2015
 
Issa Saharkhiz, Freelance
MEDIUM: Internet
CHARGE: Anti-State
IMPRISONED: November 2, 2015
 
Afarin Chitsaz, Iran
MEDIUM: Print
CHARGE: No charge
IMPRISONED: November 2, 2015
 
Saman Safarzaee, Andisheh Pouya
MEDIUM: Print
CHARGE: No charge
IMPRISONED: November 2, 2015
 
Hadi Heydari, Shahrvand
MEDIUM: Print
CHARGE: No Charge
IMPRISONED: November 16, 2015
 
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