File photo: A man being flogged in public in Qazvin, August 2007NCRI - wo Iranian photojournalists have been sentenced to 75 lashes for making 'insulting remarks' about a book by a local official in the regime's province of Qazvin.

The Voice of Qazvin reported on August 13: "Based on a ruling by the Branch 102 of the General Court of Qazvin, one defendant was sentenced to 25 lashes and another photographer to 50 lashes."

The report added: "It seems that the sentence was issued because of remarks made by these photographers about a book written by the cultural advisor to the province's governor. The remarks prompted the cultural advisor to file a complaint against these photographers in Qazvin."

Human rights group Amnesty International said in a recent statement that the sharp increase in the number of arrests, prosecutions and imprisonment of independent journalists in Iran shows that the mullahs 'have widened the circle of repression in a bid to crumple any aspirations for change'.

Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Program Director at Amnesty International, added: "The way journalists are being treated puts everything journalism should stand for at risk in Iran.

"Anyone deemed critical of the authorities has been at increased risk of arrest and prosecution in recent months, creating an intense climate of fear where voicing any criticism has become a direct road to prison."

Since Hassan Rouhani became the regime's president a year ago, human rights violations including execution, public hanging and the carrying out inhumane punishments such as flogging have intensified.

According to official statistics published by the regime’s judiciary during the holy month of Ramadan, at least 200 people were lashed in Qazvin province alone.

Two men also were also flogged in public on Wednesday in a city near the country's capital Tehran for 'disrupting public order.'

Leave your comments

Post comment as a guest

0 / 300 Character restriction
Your text should be in between 10-300 characters
Your comments are subjected to administrator's moderation.
terms and condition.
  • No comments found
Donate
donation

Assist us in our campaign for
freedom, democracy and human rights

Read more...

Amount :

Iran news in brief

Prof. Jean Ziegler: Camp Liberty residents must be protected

Iranian regime hangmen beat up prisoner before execution in public

Public hanging in Iran - Karaj

 

Reyaneh Jabbari's last letter (Voice message) that is considered her will

 

International Women's Day Conference March 2015 Berlin

IRANIAN YOUTHS SUBJECTED TO DEGRADING PUNISHMENTS IN PUBLIC

 

Iran human rights record: 120k killed and growing

GRIEF-STRICKEN RELATIVES OF 8 EXECUTED PRISONERS MOURNING THEIR LOVED ONES

 

NCRi on Twitter