AFP
Last updated: 20 October, 2011

Iran jails reformist journalist Tajik

Iran has sentenced reformist journalist Abdolreza Tajik to six year in prison after he was convicted of propaganda against the regime, the governmental Iran newspaper reported on Thursday.

The report said that Tajik was arrested in June 2010 and charged with acting against the national security and propaganda against the regime.

He was also charged with collaborating with the Centre for the Defence of Human Rights, a banned organisation founded by Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, according Iran report.

It added that Tajik who worked for several reformist newspapers was detained for weeks twice before, once for disrupting public order and propaganda against the regime.

Dozens of journalists working for reformist publications have also been jailed following the government’s crackdown on the mass street protests that followed the June 2009 presidential election, which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reformist challengers charged was rigged.