Iran; “one of the world’s biggest prisons for journalists”Published by International Liberty Association on April 30, 2017
Reporters Without Borders published its first press freedom report of 2017 on 26 April. Iran is ranked 165 amongst the 180 countries and remains one of the world’s five big prisons for media activists and Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, remains a predator of press freedoms.
According to Reporters Without Borders, “media freedom was one of the key demands of the revolution that toppled the Shah and swept Ayatollah Khomeini to power in 1979, but it is a promise that has never been kept. The media are mostly under the Islamic regime’s close control and there has been no let-up in the persecution of independent journalists, citizen journalists, and media outlets. Media personnel are still constantly exposed to intimidation, arbitrary arrest, and long jail sentences imposed by revolutionary courts at the end of unfair trials. Despite an improvement in its international relations, Iran continues to be one of the world’s five biggest prisons for media personnel.”