Journalist Ali-Reza Jabari released after more than 18 months in prison

first_img October 18, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist Ali-Reza Jabari released after more than 18 months in prison Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release on 14 October 2004 of Ali-Reza Jabari, contributor to several newspapers, after more than 18 months in prison.The worldwide press freedom organisation said that international pressure and a campaign by Chilean author Isabel Allende were responsible for the decision to free Jabari who, despite being more than 60 years old and suffering heart trouble, received 174 lashes in detention.Isabel Allende had lobbied the highest authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran to secure the ailing journalist’s early release, said Reporters Without Borders.Jabari was sentenced on 19 April 2003 to four years in prison, 253 lashes and a fine of six million Rials (about 1,000 euros) for “drinking and distributing alcoholic drinks, adultery and incitement to immoral acts”, a charge regularly used against secular figures. Jabari is an outspoken commentator who writes for the monthly Adineh and a member of the Iranian Writers Association June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa March 18, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Iran Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img June 11, 2021 Find out more News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election News News IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information last_img read more