Sadegh Zibakalam Sentenced to One Year in Prison for News Dissemination

The Criminal Court of Tehran has handed down a one-year prison sentence to Sadegh Zibakalam, a prominent professor at the University of Tehran and political pundit. The verdict is related to his role in sharing news regarding serial poison attacks on schools.

According to the court’s decision on July 2, 2023, Zibakalam has been convicted of “spreading falsehood to disturb public opinion online,” resulting in a one-year sentence. The court session took place on June 27, 2023. It’s important to note that Zibakalam, aged 65, is widely recognized as an academic, author, and reformist neo-liberal pundit.

Since late November, a series of poison attacks on schools, particularly girls’ schools, have shaken the country. Parents’ protests demanding answers were met with a heavy-handed response. Despite the passage of eight months and the arrest of several suspects, the Iranian authorities have yet to provide a satisfactory explanation to the public. For more detailed information and statistics, please refer to the HRANA report.”

Journalist Vahid Ashtari Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

The Criminal Court has sentenced journalist Vahid Ashtari to two years in prison and social deprivations.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the news outlet Dideban, the Criminal Court has sentenced journalist Vahid Ashtari to two years in prison, banned him from engaging in journalistic and social activities for two years.

Ashtari received this sentence for exposing the authorities’ corruption.