Iranian journalist handed 30-year writing ban 
From: AFP 
June 09, 2010 4:31PM

Iranian journalist Jila Baniyaghoob has been jailed for one year and banned 
from writing for 30 years over her involvement in last year's post-election 

IRAN has sentenced award-winning woman journalist Jila Baniyaghoob to jail for 
one year and banned her from writing for 30 years over post-election unrest. 

Baniyaghoob, 39, "has been sentenced to one year in jail and banned from 
journalistic work for 30 years,'' moderate daily Shargh said.

Baniyaghoob, who had been working for a string of best-selling but now closed 
reformist newspapers, was arrested on June 20 last year along with her husband 
and released on bail two months later.

She was charged with propaganda against the Islamic regime over her reports on 
last year's disputed presidential election and the protests which followed the 
official results, the website of opposition leader Mir Hossein 
Mousavi said.

The International Women's Media Foundation gave Baniyaghoob its courage in 
journalism award in 2009.

Her husband Bahman Ahmadi Amooi, who is an economic journalist, has been jailed 
for five years on security charges over his articles in reformist newspapers.

Iran cracked down heavily on the opposition, rounding up reformist politicians, 
journalists and human rights activists after the June 2009 poll which gave 
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second term amid fraud allegations.


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