Friday , 3 February 2023

Another Sports Journalist Arrested for Protest Coverage

Iranwire – Iranian police have arrested sports journalist Mehdi Amirpour and moved him to the notorious Evin prison, the reporter’s wife said on Saturday. 

Security forces raided Amirpour’s house at 2 am on Sunday, confiscated his electronic devices and arrested him after he posted about Iranian athletes’ support for the ongoing protests on his social media accounts. 

With the 2022 World Cup in Qatar now under way and the national team playing in the group stages, four sports journalists and a sports photojournalist are behind bars.

Omid Hormozi, Niloofar Hamedi, Ehsan Pirbornash, Saeedeh Fathi, and Aria Jafari were arrested in late September to October amid a fierce state crackdown on nationwide protests triggered by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody.

Some of them are being held despite the expiration of their arrest warrants; others have been deprived of their right to have a lawyer or have not been informed about the charges against them.