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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.”

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.

Turk Activist Naser Alirezaie was arrested on Friday, April 27, for revealing the death of an 18-year-old girl after the car she was in crashed while being pursued by the so-called Guidance Patrol (Gasht-e Ershad).

By Edward Carney

On Sunday, Iran Human Rights Monitor reported that an activist by the name of Naser Alirezaie had been arrested and charged with “spreading lies” after he revealed information about the death of an unnamed young woman and the injury of her male companion in a traffic accident involving members of the Guidance Patrol, or morality police.

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.”

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.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that the official Telegram account for Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had been shuttered at roughly the same time that other government entities were banned from using the popular instant messaging service.


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