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Judicial case fabricated against 5 media activists working for IRNA


Human Rights in Iran – Saturday, July 11, 2020 / Following a complaint by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Organization and the Ministry of Intelligence, five media activists working for IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency) were charged.

According to Human Rights in Iran, today, Saturday, July 11, 2020, five journalists working for IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency), were accused of holding a press conference with Habibollah Sayyari, the commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy, and for publishing the file, with a complaint from the IRGC and the Ministry of Intelligence. The communication equipments of these media activists were then confiscated.

Mehdi Mahmoudian, a journalist and a political activist, while announcing the news on his personal page, wrote: “Following a complaint by the Revolutionary Guards and the Ministry of Intelligence, a case was filed against five managers and reporters of the official news agency of the Islamic Republic for publishing an interview with a second member of the Islamic Republic Army, Habibollah Sayyari, and some of their communication equipments were confiscated. It is interesting to note that this interview was recorded not only at the request of the Army and in their studio and in the presence of the public relations managers of the army, but also the questions were designed by the same organ.”

The suppression of press and media activists and the imposition of security charges against them are among the cases violating Human Rights, and is in the line of the repression of Freedom of Speech in Iran, which there is an emphasis on it in International Instrument of Human Rights, in Article19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on 16 December 1966.

Also All Khamenei, Islamic Republic leader, in his talks has acclaimed for times that no citizen in Iran is being prosecuted for their criticism, however the compulsory and ruthlessly suppression and the expanse of security condition and atmosphere is Iran unveils the obvious fact and accentuates the point that the governmental rulers in Iran are the big staff of sophistry, casuistry and arbitrary interpretation.

Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Code stipulates that the accused shall be informed of the charges and provided access to a lawyer as soon as possible. Other defensive rights are mentioned in law, but extrajudicial actions taken by the security services violate the laws that they themselves drafted and claim to be enforced.

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