Committee to Protect Journalists condemns jailing of journalists in Iran

Committee to Protect Journalists condemns jailing of journalists in Iran

Published by on April 28, 2016

The-Committee-to-Protect-JournalistsNew York, April 26, 2016 – The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns an Iranian court’s sentencing of three journalists. Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced the three to between five and 10 years in prison on charges of ‘acting against national security,’ according to press reports.
‘Convicting journalists for ’acting against national security’ underlines the need to change the overbroad laws that lead to the harassment and jailing of the media,’ said Sherif Mansour, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. ‘Iranian authorities must cease imprisoning journalists’
Security officials arrested the journalists in November 2015.

Source: The Committee to Protect Journalists, 26 APRIL 2016

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