Nilofar Hamidi was the first journalist to write about this issue, which attracted global attention and large popular protests against Islamic rule in Iran. Elaheh Mohammadi reported on the funeral of 22-year-old Amini. They were sentenced to seven and six years in prison, respectively, Iran’s Mizan News Agency reported.
The two women were formally charged with “cooperating with the hostile United States government,” “propaganda against the regime,” and undermining national security. Both have been detained in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison since their arrest last September.
In May this year, Hamidi and Mohammadi received the United Nations’ highest award for freedom of the press.
Iranian morality police arrested Mahsa Zeina Amini on September 13, 2022, because they did not consider her to be wearing her mandatory hijab properly. She was then taken to hospital after authorities claimed it was a heart attack. She died a few days later, sparking demonstrations across the country in which Iranian women removed their veils and chanted slogans against the Islamic regime.
Amini’s lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, was sentenced on Tuesday to one year in prison, on charges of spreading propaganda and speaking about the case to foreign media.
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