RFL/RE – An Iranian court has sentenced 12 people working in the fashion industry to jail for posting images on the Internet, according to a report in local media. The eight men and four women were given sentences ranging from five months to six years in jail by a court in the southern city of Shiraz on December 5, the semiofficial ILNA news agency reported.
Mahmoud Taravat, a lawyer for all 12, told ILNA that they were also banned from working in the fashion industry and travelling abroad for two years after serving their sentences.
Taravat said the 12 were convicted on charges including spreading prostitution and promoting corruption by publishing obscene images online and by spreading a “Western-style culture of nudity.”
photo: Fajr Fashion Festival in Tehran in March 2015
(Source: Islamic Republic News Agency)
Iran’s judiciary launched a crackdown on “un-Islamic” behavior by fashion models earlier this year.
In October, authorities said they had detained 11 members of a modeling network.
The semiofficial Tasnim news agency said the network was involved in producing and publishing pornographic pictures and spreading “depravity” in society.
Based on reporting by ILNA and BBC Persian