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Iran charged two female journalists with propaganda against the state in connection with the crackdown on protests that erupted on September 16, when 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died after being arrested on charges of violating strict Iranian rules wearing a hijab for women.
Nilufar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi, who had already spent more than a month in detention, “were arrested for propaganda against the system and conspiracy against national security,” — Masoud Setayeshi, a spokesman for the judiciary, told a weekly briefing in Tehran.
Hamedi, 30, a journalist for the reformist newspaper Sharg, was arrested on September 20 after she visited a hospital where Amini spent three days in a coma.
Mohammadi, 35, a reporter for the newspaper Ham Mihan, was arrested on September 29 after traveling to Amini's hometown of Sakez in Kurdistan province to cover her funeral.
Reformist newspaper "Sazandegi" reported late last month that more than 20 journalists had been arrested for reporting on Amini's death or the riots that followed.
On October 30, more than 300 journalists issued a joint statement criticizing the detention of their colleagues and the denial of their rights, including access to a lawyer.
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