Iranian security forces continue to crack down on Kurdish journalists, and a number of journalists and media activists have been summoned, arrested, and sentenced to prison and flogging.

Two media and environmental activists from Rabat and Sardasht, Abu Bakr Ismaili and Mohammad Mamandzadeh, have been summoned by Sardasht FATA police.

According to an informed source, the two media activists were summoned by the Sardasht Prosecutor’s Office and released after two hours of interrogation and obtaining a written commitment due to the publication of information about the water cut in Sardasht and the protest against the Zab Kuchak River water transfer project to Lake Urmia.

It is worth mentioning that Abu Bakr Ismaili is the director of “Rabat News” telegram channel and Mohammad Mamandzadeh is the director of “Bazhvin” telegram channel and in the past few days they have published information about the transfer of water from Zab Kouchak river to Urmia lake in these two telegram channels.

On August 4 this year, Mustafa Hamdi, a media activist from Saqqez, was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court to a total of two years in prison.

According to an informed source, Mostafa Hamdi, who is the director of the Telegram channel “Persman” and a campaign of the same name, was sentenced to 8 months in prison on charges of “propaganda activities against the regime” and to 16 months in prison on charges of “insulting the founder and leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” He has been convicted and his sentence is enforceable according to the law of aggregation of sentences.

Mustafa Hamdi, along with four other media activists, were summoned and interrogated in September last year on charges of spreading lies, following a complaint by the former mayor of Saqqez.

Last month, Shahram Amjadian and Morteza Haghubian, two media activists from Sanandaj, were each sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in prison and 90 lashes by Branch 104 of the Sanandaj Criminal Court on charges of “defaming Kurdistan province managers and publishing government documents.” They have also been fined 10 million tomans.

The hearing of the charges against Shahram Amjadian and Morteza Haghoubian was held on Monday, November 16, 2020, and the verdict issued on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, was officially notified to them.
Morteza Haghubian and Shahram Amjadian were arrested by security forces in Sanandaj on Monday, August 26, 2019, and were released on 670 million Toman bail after 67 days in solitary confinement until temporarily completed.

It is worth mentioning that these two citizens were arrested for their activities in the Telegram channel of Amak (exposing the actions of the managers of Kurdistan).

The two media activists were sentenced to three months suspended imprisonment in similar cases in the first branch of the Sanandaj Revolutionary Court last winter on charges of “propaganda against the regime.”

Earlier, the Committee to Protect Journalists announced that since mid-2020, Iranian security forces have arrested at least eight Kurdish journalists.