Journalist, Marzieh Amiri sentenced to 148 lashes and 10 years and 6 months in prison

By Alliance of Iranian Women Staff

Female journalist and former student activist Marzieh Amiri has been sentenced to 148 lashes and 10 years and 6 months in prison.

On Saturday, September 14th, Samira Amiri, announced that her sister, imprisoned journalist Marzieh Amiri, was taken to the hospital, but was returned to prison after several hours. According to the report, after two months of follow-up by Marzieh’s family, she was finally taken to the hospital for a few hours to perform an MRI and a cerebral tape, but authorities prohibited her family from visiting her. But authorities did demand that her family cover the her medical bills and hospital visit.  

Marzieh Amiri, who was a full time journalist at Shargh newspaper, was arrested in May while covering the workers’ rally on International Workers Day and was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court to five and a half years in prison and two lashes.

Marzieh’s trial was held in Tehran on August 13th, 2019, presided by the notorious judge, Mohammad Moghiseh who opposed her bail and temporary release for medical treatment. She suffered epileptic seizures at the time of interrogation due to physical and psychological torture. 

According to Reporters Without Borders, Iran is one of the top six most repressive countries in the world for journalists.