Twelve Arrested in South Khorasan for Alleged Misinformation and Insults

Fars news agency reports that the Iranian Cyber Police in South Khorasan Province have identified 27 social media channels, leading to the arrest of 12 citizens for disseminating what authorities label as “misinformation and insulting content.” Additionally, a business unit has been closed in connection with these activities.

According to a police official, these 27 websites allegedly published “fake news and insulting content against the martyrs who lost their lives during the terrorist attack in Kerman.” The 12 individuals arrested in relation to this matter will face legal action. The identities of the detainees and the location of their detention remain undisclosed.

Following the tragic explosions in Kerman during the commemoration ceremony for Qasem Soleimani, which claimed numerous lives and caused injuries, security forces and affiliated individuals on social media have been actively pursuing those expressing opinions about the incident. Consequently, dozens of individuals have been summoned, arrested, and had their social media pages removed.

Journalist Sajjad Rostamzadeh Arrested

On Wednesday, September 27, Sajjad (Sajad) Rostamzadeh, the chief editor of Masal News, was apprehended after he was summoned and appeared at the Iranian Cyber Police headquarters.

Authorities subsequently conducted a search of Rostamzadeh’s residence and seized some of his belongings. This arrest transpired in response to a complaint filed by the Masal Prosecutor’s Office concerning the publication of a critical article.

As of now, the whereabouts of Rostamzadeh’s detention remain undisclosed.

Five Citizens Arrested for “Publishing Immodest Pictures on the Internet”

The Iranian Cyber Police (FATA) announced that five citizens in North Khorasan Province have been arrested for “publishing immodest pictures on the Internet.”

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Rokna News Agency, the Iranian Cyber Police of North Khorasan Province arrested five people for “publishing immodest pictures on the Internet” and brought the case to the judiciary.

The police did not reveal the arrestees’ identities.