Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Iranian Journalist Sentenced to Three Years in Jail

New York Times
September 28, 2010

Judicial authorities have sentenced a prominent reformist journalist to three years in prison, his family members confirmed Tuesday, while an Iranian-Canadian blogger was sentenced to a 19-year incarceration after having already spent more than two years in detention.

The punishments reinforced the repression on freedom of expression in Iran, where a crackdown under way since the disputed presidential election of June 2009 has intimidated and silenced many voices of dissent. Amnesty International has said 70 Iranian journalists are in prison, while many more, arrested then released, are at risk of arbitrary re-arrest.