Tehran, Iran: Iranian authorities have reportedly questioned or arrested more than 90 journalists since nationwide protests shook the Islamic republic last year, according to local media sources. The protests erupted in September 2022 following the death of 22-year-old Iranian Kurd woman, Mahsa Amini, while in custody.
The demonstrations led to significant unrest, resulting in casualties among both protesters and security forces. The authorities have labeled these events as “riots” influenced by Western factors.
Local reports indicate that over the past ten months, more than 90 journalists across different cities in Iran have been arrested or summoned for questioning. While many have been released on bail or granted amnesty, the status of 11 journalists remains uncertain. Six are reportedly detained, and five are awaiting verdicts.
The issue of press freedom and the treatment of journalists has come under scrutiny, particularly on Iran’s National Journalists Day, celebrated on August 8. The Committee supporting detained journalists released a report raising concerns about the fate of the detained journalists and the broader climate for media professionals.