Two female Iranian journalists will be imprisoned for about a month as part of a three-year partially suspended prison term for “conspiracy” and “collusion,” according to local media on Sunday.
Negin Bagheri and Elnaz Mohammadi will serve one-fortieth of the sentence, or less than a month, in prison, according to their lawyer Amir Raisian, who works for the reformist Ham Mihan daily newspaper, where Mohammadi works.
“The remaining period is suspended over five years,” the lawyer continued, during which time they would be obliged to undergo “professional ethics training” and will be “prohibited from leaving the country.”
Raisian did not elaborate on whether the verdict can be appealed, and the report did not detail the allegations against the reporters.
Mohammadi’s sister, Elahe, who also works for Ham Mihan, has since September 2022 been in prison after reporting on the funeral of Mahsa Amini, 22, who died in police custody.
The death on September 16, 2022 of Amini, an Iranian Kurd, came after her arrest for an alleged breach of the Islamic republic’s dress code, triggering months-long nationwide protests.
Foreign-based rights groups have reported multiple arrests ahead of the anniversary of Amini’s death.
Bagheri works for the unaffiliated Haft-e Sobh newspaper.
Elnaz Mohammadi was arrested and kept in Evin prison for a week in February. The reason for her detention was not clear.
Hundreds of people were murdered in last year’s protests, including dozens of security officers, and others were jailed in connection with what officials called “foreign-instigated riots.”
In protest-related instances involving deaths and other forms of violence against security personnel, seven persons have been executed.
According to local media, authorities in Iran have questioned or jailed more than 90 journalists since the protests began last month.
An Iranian news agency claimed on Wednesday that journalist Nazila Maroufian, who broke Iran’s stringent dress code and was released on bond earlier this month, had been jailed again for not wearing the headscarf in public.