Journalists Shafiei and Sultanbeigi sentenced to four years in prison in Iran

Journalists Saeedeh Shafiei and Nasim Sultanbeigi have been sentenced to four years in prison in Iran for their reporting on the "Jin, Jiyan, Azadî" revolution. After their detention, they are not allowed to leave the country for two years.

In Iran, two journalists have been sentenced to several years in prison for their reporting on the "Jin, Jiyan, Azadî" revolt. A revolutionary court in Tehran sentenced Nasim Sultanbeigi and Saeedeh Shafiei to four years in prison, said the Shargh newspaper, citing family members.

Sultanbeigi was arrested in January while attempting to leave the capital of Tehran. Shafiei was also arrested at the time. According to Shargh, both women were convicted of national security violations and anti-state propaganda. After their detention, they will not be allowed to leave Iran for two years. Another journalist, Mehrnush Sarei, who was also arrested earlier this year, was acquitted.

The judiciary of the Iranian mullah regime has cracked down on independent media workers in recent months. The Etemad newspaper reported last week that its editor-in-chief, Behrouz Behzadi, had been banned from working for one year. The reason for the punishment are articles that the paper published during the "Jin, Jiyan, Azadî" protests last autumn.

100 journalists arrested since autumn

Triggered by the violent death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Jina Mahsa Amini in the custody of the Iranian morality police last September, the mullahs' leadership in Iran was confronted with the greatest threat to their regime's existence.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in New York, almost 100 journalists were arrested. Most have since been released on bail.

Show trial of Mohammadi and Hamedi continued

The trial of journalists Elaheh Mohammadi and Nilufar Hamedi also continued last week. The two women were among the first media workers in Iran to report on the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini. They are accused of espionage, endangering national security and propaganda against the state. The sentence is expected soon.