Issues

January 26, 2015

MPs Move to Permanently Ban Journalists Connected to Shuttered Publications

MPs Move to Permanently Ban Journalists Connected to Shuttered Publications A few days after the Iranian Judiciary ordered the reformist Mardom-e Emrooz newspaper banned, ultra conservative members of the Iranian Parliament are working on legislation to permanently ban journalists who have worked for reformist publications that were shut down by the authorities. The measure is meant to ensure that such journalists will not resurface and […]... read more
January 17, 2015

Iranian Judiciary Shuts Down Newspaper for Publishing “I am Charlie Too” Quote

Iranian Judiciary Shuts Down Newspaper for Publishing “I am Charlie Too” Quote Two days after the conservative Iranian newspaper Kayhan demanded judicial authorities close down reformist newspaper Mardom-e Emrooz newspaper, the newspaper, in operation for only 16 days, was shut down by orders from Branch 2 of Media Court of the Iranan Judiciary.... read more
January 14, 2015

New Video: Iranian Cartoonists and Satirists Speak Out on Charlie Hebdo

New Video: Iranian Cartoonists and Satirists Speak Out on Charlie Hebdo January 14, 2015—In the wake of the January 7 attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today, featuring nine prominent Iranian cartoonists, satirists and comedians expressing their solidarity with the victims of the attack and the defense of free speech.... read more
January 14, 2015

Jason Rezaian Indicted by Tehran Revolutionary Court, Says Prosecutor

Jason Rezaian Indicted by Tehran Revolutionary Court, Says Prosecutor During a press conference today, Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told reporters that the imprisoned Washington Post correspondent, Jason Rezaian, has been indicted and that his case has been forwarded to a Tehran Revolutionary Court. The Prosecutor's announcement, after 170 days of "temporary detention" of the journalist, did not include a statement about the charges Rezaian is facing.... read more
January 14, 2015

UN Body Warns Governments about Health Hazards of Jamming Signals

UN Body Warns Governments about Health Hazards of Jamming Signals A new United Nations resolution warning member states about their responsibility to protect the health of their citizens against electromagnetic waves, including satellite jamming signals, was approved at the UN’s Telecommunication Union (ITU)'s Plenipotentiary Conference which took place between October 20 and November 7, 2014, in Busan, South Korea (Resolution 176, pg. 277). ... read more
January 12, 2015

Official Claims of Smart Internet Filtering Overblown, but Efforts to Monitor Users Grow

Official Claims of Smart Internet Filtering Overblown, but Efforts to Monitor Users Grow In the continuing battle over control over the Internet in Iran, a new salvo was recently issued—the announcement by state officials that smart filtering would be installed on the country’s Internet gateways as the authorities had now developed the ability to selectively block “inappropriate and illegal” content. Yet despite these claims by Iranian government officials, and their assertion that they have already implemented such smart filtering on social networks such as Instagram ... read more
January 9, 2015

185 Iranian Journalists Condemn Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack

185 Iranian Journalists Condemn Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack One Hundred eighty-five Iranian journalists condemned the January 7, 2015 terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris, which led to the deaths of 12 individuals. "We, Iranian journalists, condemn the January 7 terrorist attack that took the lives of several journalists and citizens in Paris," said the statement.... read more
January 9, 2015

Cartoon 104: I am Charlie

Cartoon 104: I am Charlie One Hundred eighty-five Iranian journalists condemned the January 7, 2015 terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris, which led to the deaths of 12 individuals. “We, Iranian journalists, condemn the January 7 terrorist attack that took the lives of several journalists and citizens in Paris,” said the statement. Cartoon by Iranian cartoonist […]... read more
January 8, 2015

Young Scientist’s Ten-Year Sentence Upheld despite Supreme Court’s Rejection of Legality of His Case

Young Scientist’s Ten-Year Sentence Upheld despite Supreme Court’s Rejection of Legality of His Case An appeals court in Tehran has upheld the ten-year prison sentence of the young scientist Omid Kokabee without regard for the earlier opinion of the Supreme Court or the reasoning set forth in their ruling on the case. ... read more
January 7, 2015

Iranian Judiciary Defends Continued House Arrest of Green Movement Leaders

Iranian Judiciary Defends Continued House Arrest of Green Movement Leaders In yet another vague statement effectively signaling support by the Iranian Judiciary for the continuation of the four-year-long house arrest of Iran’s Green Movement leaders, Iranian Judiciary Spokesperson Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said during his weekly press conference on January 5 that "If one day the background is set, there will be a trial, and naturally the people will also be informed." He continued, "So long as a judicial case is not formed for them, there will be no ... read more
January 7, 2015

Former Assyrian Church Leader and Two Christian Converts Arrested

Former Assyrian Church Leader and Two Christian Converts Arrested Iranian security agents arrested an Assyrian pastor and two Christian converts who were his guests at his Tehran residence on December 26, 2014, according to Mansour Borji, Spokesperson for the Alliance of Iranian Churches.... read more
December 24, 2014

Female Prisoner of Conscience Transferred to Deplorable Gharchak Prison

Female Prisoner of Conscience Transferred to Deplorable Gharchak Prison Female prisoner of conscience Hakimeh Shokri was abruptly transferred from Evin Prison to the Gharchak Prison in Varamin on December 15, 2014, Shokri’s sister told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more