Mahyar Taghikhani Imprisoned for Asking Question from Religious Authority

Reporter Mahyar Taghikhani was sent to prison for sentencing. He had been previously sentenced to six months imprisonment and prohibited from any activities on Instagram for asking a question from an Imam of Friday Prayers.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Khabar Online, Mahyar Taghikhani, a reporter and resident of Karaj, was sent to prison to serve his six years imprisonment.

Documentary Filmmaker Javad Mogooye wrote on his personal page on Instagram: “Six months ago, the son of the head of the city council was seen on vacation with a state-owned car at the disposal of the city council of Karaj. The Imam of Friday Prayers criticized the father and it was reported on national TV as well. Everybody appreciated the Imam of Friday Prayers for that. A few days later, on a live Instagram, Mahyar Taghikhani, while praising the Imam’s objection, asked him if he would still take that position in case his own daughter did that.”

Reportedly, after a few days, the Imam filed a complaint against Taghikhani. In the trial, he was sentenced to six months in prison and prohibited from any activities on Instagram for one year.