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Journalist banished to exile after completing prison term

Ahmad Zeidabadi (left)Radiozamaneh - Ahmad Zeidabadi, a jailed Iranian journalist who reached the end of his prison term on Thursday May 21, was immediately transferred to Gonabad to serve out the exile portion of his sentence.

Iranian cartoonist could face years in prison for image depicting politicians as monkeys

washingtonpost - On Tuesday, Atena Farghadani is due to go on trial in Iran. If found guilty of the crimes she is alleged to have committed, the 28-year-old could face years in prison.

Censorship issues raised at Tehran book fair

Al-monitor - Book censorship has a long history in Iran. Its first official form began in 1884 under a set of rules written by Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar, king of Persia from 1848 to 1896, but the state of censorship has ebbed and flowed since then, depending on the strength of the central government. Book censorship has become a hot topic once again with the speech of President Hassan Rouhani at the 28th Tehran International Book Fair.

'Why Nations Fail' Among Works Seized At Tehran Book Fair


PayvandNews - Several books have already been confiscated from one of Iran's largest cultural events, the annual Tehran International Book Fair, which kicked off last week.

Iranian Professors Urge Government To Butt Out

President Hassan RohaniRFL/RE - A group of 700 Iranian university teachers have sent a letter to the government calling for an end to what they say is "unprecedented interference" in the internal affairs of universities.

Watchdog Says Press Freedom At Lowest Point In 10 Years

RFL/RE - Freedom House says restrictive new laws and violence against journalists resulted in a global decline of press freedom during 2014, bringing the world's press freedom to its lowest point in more than 10 years.

Watchdog Says Press Freedom At Lowest Point In 10 Years

RFL/RE - Freedom House says restrictive new laws and violence against journalists resulted in a global decline of press freedom during 2014, bringing the world's press freedom to its lowest point in more than 10 years.

Muhammad Ali joins call to free journalist Jason Rezaian

 Radiozamaneh - Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali lent his voice to those calling for the release of detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, as Rezaian’s family and his newspaper petitioned for his release at a press conference in the United States on Thursday.

In a statement issued on March 12, Muhammad Ali referred to Rezaian as “a man of peace and great faith” who used his “gift of writing and intimate knowledge of the country to share the stories of the people and culture of Iran to the world”.

He writes: “Insha’Allah, it is my great hope that the government and judiciary of Iran will end the prolonged detention of journalist Jason Rezaian and provide him with access to all of his legal options.”

Rezaian, who had worked as a journalist in Iran since 2008, was arrested in 2012 along with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi. She was later released but he remains in custody.

The judiciary has announced that Rezanian’s arrest was due to security charges. Last November, Iranian Human Rights Commissioner Mohammad Javad Larijani told reporters that Rezaian’s activities in Iran “went beyond journalism”.

Judiciary reiterates ban on reporting about former Iranian president

Radiozamaneh - The spokesman for the Iranian judiciary stressed once more that the media is not to report on former president, Mohammad Khatami, a senior reformist figure, as he is officially under a media ban by order of the judiciary.

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