Iran bans top journalist for 30 years

2010-06-09 08:46

Iran has sentenced award-winning journalist Jila Baniyaghoob to

jail for one year and has banned her from writing for 30 years, according to

moderate daily Shargh.

Baniyaghoob, 39, who had been working for a string of bestselling

but now defunct reformist newspapers, was arrested on June 20 last year, along

with her husband, and released on bail two months later.

She was charged with propaganda against the Islamic regime over her

reports on last year’s disputed presidential election and the protests that

followed the official results, said the website of opposition leader

Mir Hossein Mousavi.

The International Women’s Media Foundation gave Baniyaghoob its

Courage in Journalism award in 2009.

Her husband, Bahman Ahmadi Amooi, who is an economic journalist,

has been jailed for five years on security charges over his articles in

reformist newspapers.

Iran cracked down heavily on the opposition, rounding up reformist

politicians, journalists and human rights activists, after the June 2009 poll

that gave President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second term amid fraud allegations.

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