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Iranian Journalists' Day: Cartoons, Detention and Trial

Iran has designated August 8 as the National Journalists Day to pay tribute to Iranian journalists and reporters and to remember those who had been killed while on duty. Here are a few cartoons by Iranian cartoonists marking this day as well some related news.

cartoon by Ehsan Ganji, Ghanoon daily


cartoon by Hadi Heidari, Shahrvand daily


cartoon by Mana Neyestani,


cartoon by Amin Montazari, Ghanoon daily


cartoon by Ehsan Ganji, Ghanoon daily


National Reporter's Day marked in Iran

Source: Press TV

Iran has commemorated National Reporter's Day marking the anniversary of the killing of an Iranian reporter in Afghanistan seventeen years ago. August 8 was designated National Reporter's Day in Iran after Taliban militants killed Mahmoud Saremi, the correspondent of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), along with eight Iranian diplomats, in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif in 1998.

The killed IRNA reporter, Mahmoud Saremi

In a message on Friday, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani expressed his felicitations on the occasion of National Reporter's Day.

Reporters, who shoulder the responsibility of disseminating timely and correct information and informing people on realities, are "living conscience and wakeful eyes" in the path of prosperity, the president said.

Since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, over 30 journalists and media workers, including a Press TV cameraman, have lost their lives in the war-ravaged country

Press TV's cameraman Farhad Taqaddosi died in hospital in the Afghan capital of Kabul after English-language television network's office came under a rocket attack in 2011.

Journalist gets five-year sentence over election protests


Iranian journalist Saeed Pourheydar has been sentenced to five years in jail for his role in the protests that followed the controversial 2009 presidential election. The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that Pourheydar's sentence was issued on Monday August 3 by Judge Maqiseh. Pourheydar was arrested during the election protests of 2009.

Saeed Pourheydar

He left Iran upon his release from prison and returned to the country last February, only to be arrested upon arrival and transferred to Evin Prison. Following interrogations, he was then transferred to Rejaishar Prison in Karaj, where he remains to this day.

He is charged with "propaganda against the regime, insulting the leader and publishing falsehoods on the internet".

Pourheydar is currently awaiting the outcome of his appeal.

Lawyer: Post Reporter's Trial Resumes Monday in Iran

Detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian will be back in an Iranian court Monday for what likely will be the last hearing in his closed-door espionage trial, his lawyer said Saturday.

Detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian

"They told me that this will be the last hearing, but I cannot be 100 percent sure because there are always unexpected matters," Rezaian's lawyer Leila Ahsan told the French news agency AFP.

Rezaian, a 39-year-old dual Iranian-American citizen, who until his arrest was working as the U.S. newspaper's Tehran correspondent, has been in prison in the Iranian capital for more than a year. -- Read Full Report


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