Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Iranian journalist faces prison term

Iranian journalist Parnaz Azima was stripped of her passport and prevented from leaving Iran for eight months last year. She has now been convicted by an Iranian court of “spreading antistate propaganda” and sentenced to a year in prison, she says in an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Acording to Azima, who holds both Iranian and U.S. citizenship, she is now faced with a choice between returning to Iran to serve her sentence or losing the deed to her 95-year-old mother’s home in Tehran, which was posted in lieu of bail.

She also discusses the plight of other journalists in Iran who are in situations more desperate than her own, saying that journalists in the international community have a responsibility to speak out and defend them.

For the full article, and to watch the interview, click here.


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