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Rouhani Press Bills Would Further Erode Press Freedom in Iran - Experts Suspect Intelligence Establishment's Direct Influence

The government of President Hassan Rouhani is preparing to introduce two bills to Parliament that media experts and journalists say could further erode press freedom and freedom of expression in Iran. The first bill is designed to replace the current Press Law and the second would create a state organization to rival independent journalism groups.

Detained Editor Who Exposed Corruption Slapped with Additional Charge - Editor Yashar Soltani, who was initially charged with "spreading lies" after his website published unclassified information about illegal land sales by the Tehran Municipality, has also been charged with "gathering classified information with the intent to harm national security."

Written Warning of Attorney General of Golestan Province to the Media

HRANA News Agency – Attorney general of Golesatan province warned editors of news and social websites about “discriminatory and irresponsible” context and emphasized that if such case is being identified, these media will be banned and they will face the consequences.

Iranian Journalists Alarmed As Media Legislation Resurfaces


RFL/RE - Critics say proposed new legislation in Iran would mean an end to any form of independent journalism in the Islamic republic while playing into the hands of the country's security organs and hard-line conservative judiciary, who would like to see even tighter state control of the media.

Iran Sentences Prominent Journalist to 3 Years in Prison

Image result for sentence to jailABC - The lawyer of prominent Iranian journalist says a court has sentenced his client to three years in prison on charges of insulting authorities and spreading propaganda against the ruling system.

Reformist Newspaper Editor’s Prison Sentence Reduced on Appeal

mazandarani700Iranhumanrights,org - Ehsan Mazandarani has been reduced to two years on appeal, his brother-in-law Sam Hosseini told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Iran destroys 100,000 'depraving' satellite dishes

aljazeera - Authorities say the banned satellite dishes are morally damaging, despite high-level calls for reform of the law.

Iranian Daily Targeted Over Article Critical Of Tehran Detention Facility

The daily Ghanoon (file photo)RFL/RE - An Iranian newspaper is facing legal action over an article critical of detention conditions at a penitentiary facility in Tehran, with a senior prosecutor blaming such writings for public feelings of "hopelessness."

Iranian Journalists Face Growing Threats and Intimidation by Authorities - Tactics Meant to Sow Fear among Independent Journalists in Wake of Reformists' Parliamentary Election Gains.

Iran's Intelligence Ministry officials are increasingly harassing and threatening independent journalists in an apparent move to dissuade them from feeling emboldened by reformist and centrist candidates' gains in the county's recent Parliamentary elections.

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