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08/21/10

Press watchdog wants Iranian journalist cleared from charges

Source: Radio Zamaneh


Badrossadat Mofidi

Committee to Protect Journalists issued a statement yesterday calling on Islamic Republic to reverse the prison sentence of Iranian journalist, Badrosadat Mofidi.

The statement notes that Mofidi was the secretary-general of the Association of Iranian Journalists which was founded by prominent Iranian journalists in 1997 and shut down in 2009.

The statement goes on to add that on August 3, at branch 26 of the Revolutionary court , Badrossadat Mofidi was sentenced to six years in prison and five years ban from journalism.

According to the investigation of the Committee to Protect Journalists, many Iranian journalists have been recently sentenced to heavy prison terms at this very branch.

Mofidi's attorney, Mohammad Sharif reports that Mofidi is charged with "assembly and collusion to commit a crime" and "propagating against the regime."

Robert Mahoney, deputy head of the Committee to Protect Journalists said: "We are shocked by the harshness of Badressadat Mofidi's sentence, which is yet further proof of Teheran's determination to stifle the critical and independent press."

He adds: "We call on the authorities to overturn both the prison sentence and the ban on Mofidi's writing."

The website of the press watchdog organization notes that Mohammad Sharif has told the American-based NGO, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, that Ms. Mofidi's charges are baseless and adds that his client was head of a legally authorized organization.

Mohammad Sharif reports that he intends to file a request for review of the sentence but cannot be too optimistic about it.

Mofidi was arrested on December 29, five days after she was interviewed by Persian service of the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle and transferred to Evin Prison.

Badrossadat Mofidi was released on bail in June and is now awaiting her final sentence.

Committee to Protect Journalists notes that 37 journalists in addition to Badrossadat Mofidi are currently imprisoned in Iran.

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