Iran: Hundreds of journalists name for launch of two colleagues jailed in Evin jail



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Hundreds of Iranian journalists are calling for the discharge of colleagues Niloofar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi, who had been arrested and despatched to Tehran’s Evin jail for masking the demise of Mahsa Amini, in keeping with impartial Iranian newspaper Etemad.

“Media freedom is not only the right of journalists but also of society,” learn a press release launched Sunday, signed by greater than 300 Iranian journalists, photographers and media activists.

The arrests are the Iranian regime’s newest try and silence dissent, because it tries to suppress protests which have rocked the nation in latest weeks.

“Our society has the right to know what is happening in a timely manner, without censorship or filter, and also has the right to question any person or institution that causes inefficiency, corruption or violates the law,” the assertion continued.

“The great society of Iran will not be able to deal with the complex threats in today’s world without responsible citizens such as Niloofar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi and other imprisoned journalists.”

Front page shows the letter signed by hundreds of Iranian journalists calling for the release of Niloofar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi.

The response got here after Iranian intelligence on Friday accused the 2 journalists of getting educated overseas and feeding info to international media shops.

Iranian intelligence accused Hamedi of utilizing her function as a journalist “as a cover” to stir dissent.

“She was one of the first people who arrived at the hospital [where Mahsa Amini was taken] and provoked the relatives of the deceased and published targeted news,” the intelligence assertion learn.

“The first photo of the late Mahsa Amini on her hospital bed was published by [Niloofar Hamedi] and she was trained in courses abroad,” the assertion continued.

“[Elaheh Mohammadi] was also trained in American courses abroad. Both of them have played the role of being the primary source of news for foreign media.”

Mehdi Rahmanian, the CEO of Shargh newspaper, Niloofar Hamedi’s employer, launched a press release denying that Niloofar revealed the photograph of Mahsa Amini in a hospital mattress.

Niloofar’s husband, Mohammad Hossein Ajorloo, tweeted saying that the one photograph Niloofar posted was of two members of Mahsa Amini’s household embracing after they discovered about her demise in morality police custody.

At the least 46 journalists have been jailed in Iran because the begin of protests over the demise of Mahsa Amini, in keeping with non-governmental group, the Committee to Shield Journalists.

Niloofar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi stay in Evin jail and haven’t been publicly charged but.