Iranian journalists sentenced to flogging

Iranian journalists Mustafa Barari and Arash Shoaa given flogging sentences for journalism work (Iranwire)

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate, the Association of Iranian Journalists, has called for the retraction of a court ruling ordering the flogging of two Iranian journalists.

Journalists Mustafa Barari and Arash Shoaa, from Gilan Noveen and Gilan No news websites, were given flogging sentences and a €30,000 fine by the Revolutionary Court in Rasht city, Northern Iran, for “insult”, after a complaint by a member of the Iranian Parliament over their publications, IFJ said in a statement.

“We are appalled by these outrageous flogging sentences handed down to Iranian journalists,” said IFJ President, Philippe Leruth. “Such cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment our colleagues are facing is a flagrant violation of their basic human rights under international human rights law. We therefore demand the Iranian authorities to comply with their international obligations within their borders and stop muzzling Iranian media.”

Journalists are frequently arrested and charged in Iran on allagations of “publishing lies” and “creating unease in the public mind” for reporting corruption scandals.