As US Withdraws from JCPOA, European Reaction Remains Uncertain

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump simultaneously upheld the expectations and undercut the optimism of proponents of the Iran nuclear deal when he announced that the US would be pulling out of the agreement and re-imposing economic sanctions “at the highest level.”

Iranian phony Reformists Criticized for Speech-without-Action

A controversy surrounding the Freedom of Speech Award given out by the Germany international broadcasting company Deutsche Welle last week. Was called to attention on Monday by Iran human rights sources. The recipient, Sadegh Zibakalam, is considered a so called advocate of reform and was sentenced to prison in March for the crime of speaking to international media about the nationwide uprising that began in late December. But Zibakalam is also a staunch defender of the existing regime, having gone as far as saying that he would stop talking about a given topic if ordered by intelligence services, and would even take up arms to defend the Islamic Republic.

Tehran Indicts Activists and Expands Monitoring

On Friday, the human right sources reported that over 100 Iranian activists had been indicted for their roles in the mass protests that took place throughout the country in late December and January. Some of those indictments represent national security charges, meaning that the arrestees could face long prison sentences or even execution. Indeed, judiciary officials previously warned that death sentences were likely for people deemed leaders of the protest movement, which gave rise to unusually provocative, anti-government slogans such as “death to the dictator.”

With Telegram Ban and New Propaganda, Iran Seeks to Expand Control of Media

On Wednesday, the free press advocacy organization Reporters Without Borders released its annual World Press Freedom Index, which confirmed that Iran remains one of the least safe countries for journalists. In a ranking of 180 countries based on various indicators of press freedom, Iran occupies the 164th slot, in line with the rankings that it has received since the Index was first compiled more than 20 years ago.

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