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Iran Temporarily Releases Hunger-Striking Journalist Ehsan Mazandarani

Source: RFE/RL

Iran has temporarily released a journalist for medical treatment after he suffered from health problems following a hunger strike. Ehsan Mazandarani, editor in chief of the reformist Farhikhtegan daily, was arrested in November 2015 and sentenced in April to seven years in prison after being convicted of charges that included "acting against national security." His prison sentence was reportedly later reduced to two years.

Iranian journalist Ehsan Mazandarani

Mazandarani's wife, Maliheh Hosseini, told the semiofficial ILNA news agency that a doctor at Tehran's Evin prison reported concerns over the journalist's health.

Mazandarani was previously arrested in 2013 and held at Evin prison over alleged ties with "counterrevolutionary" media.

Ehsan Mazandarani during his 3-day furlough (after 50 days of hunger strike) in July 2016

Journalists in Iran frequently face state pressure and prosecution.

Based on reporting by AFP, ISNA, and ILNA

Copyright (c) 2016 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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