Iranian Journalists Receive Death Threats From Government Officials

A group of Iranian journalists have received death threats from judicial officials after testifying before a presidential commission about being tortured while in detention. According to Human Rights Watch, a female journalist, Fereshteh Ghazi, told the commission that she endured severe beatings and a broken nose. Ghazi writes about women’s rights issues in a daily newspaper.

Yesterday, Iran’s hard-line court admitted that it mistakenly summoned Shirin Ebadi to appear before the court. Ebadi, who in 2003 was the first Iranian and first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for Human Rights, was ordered to come before the judiciary to explain her recent activities, including urging for the abolition of solitary confinement imposed on political prisoners such as Ghazi, reports BBC News.

Iran’s newly elected parliament has been imposing more restrictions on women’s rights and is denying efforts for gender equality and women’s inheritance rights. Two women have recently been sentenced to death for so-called “crimes against morality.”

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Human Rights Watch 1/6/05; Feminist Daily News 12/21/04, 10/10/03, 11/9/04; BBC News 1/18/05; Reuters 1/18/05

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