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Iranian journalist sentenced to 2 years in jail for "propaganda"

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Iranian journalist sentenced to 2 years in jail for "propaganda"


Iranian journalist and blogger Marzieh Rasouli, who works with several Reformist media outlets, announced on Monday via Twitter that she has been summoned to start a prison sentence of two years and 50 lashes for “propaganda against the Iranian regime”.

Specialising in arts and culture for Shargh and Etema newspapers, Rasouli was arrested in January 2012 along with other journalists. She was then released on bail awaiting her trial, the date and details of which were never publicly announced.

On her Twitter account, the journalist said that she had been sentenced for “propaganda against the regime and for disturbing the peace by participating in unlawful assembly”.
The accusation of propaganda has been frequently levelled by a conservative-led judiciary against civil society activists, politicians and journalists following the huge protest provoked by the contested re-election of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad in 2009.

“I have to go to prison tomorrow to serve my sentence”, Rasouli said on Twitter, adding she had received calls from the Evin prison officials, in the north of Tehran.

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