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Iran sentences a journalist to death who inspired the 2017 opposition protests

June 30, 2020

The Iranian judiciary has sentenced the Ruholá Zam opposition to death, administrator of a website that, according to the authorities, has played an active role in calling for anti-government protests that shook the country between late 2017 and early 2018.

A justice spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaili, reported Tuesday the verdict against Zam, head of the Amad news portal, and accused, among other things, “corruption on earth” that can be punished with execution and with which he is punished activities that are alleged run counter to the revolution.

The authorities believe that Zam, who was arrested in October 2019, was “a tool in the hands of foreign spy services” and, according to the Iranian news agency Mehr, used his site and telegram channel to spread false information.

Iran sentences a journalist to death who inspired the 2017 opposition protestsIran sentences a journalist to death who inspired the 2017 opposition protests

After Zam’s arrest, the Revolutionary Guard claimed that Zam was part of a “psychological warfare” and had received orders from the French authorities – he had lived in Paris before returning to Tehran. In addition, according to this version, it also had support from the US and Israeli intelligence agencies.