No Reporting for 30 years!!

Here’s a new twist on how to limit press freedom in Iran — jail AND a three-decade ban on journalistic writing. Agence France Presse reports that Iran journalist Jila Baniyaghoob has gotten a one-year jail sentence for her reports tied to last year’s election unrest. Her punishment also prohibits her from writing for the next 30 years.

Both Baniyaghoob and her husband, economic journalist Bahman Ahmadi Amooi, were arrested last June for their reporting work. He got a five-year prison sentence for the articles that he wrote for now shuttered reformist newspapers.

The court considered Baniyaghoob’s reports on last year’s disputed presidential elections in iran to be anti-government.

Baniyaghoob is the recipient of the 2009 courage in journalism award from the International Women’s Media Foundation.

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