54 journalists currently in jail in Iran need our help. Otherwise, they’ll meet the same fate as the blogger Sattar Behesheti, 35, who died under torture in Evin prison.
Sattar Beheshti was arrested because he criticized the Iranian government. He died in November 2012 after 4 days spent in jail. Before he died, he wrote to the head of the prison to denounce the beatings and torture carried out by the police.
The Iranian regime recently cut off access to the Internet. It also routinely censors the national press and stops foreign journalists getting into the country. If we don’t keep fighting, the winner of the forthcoming election will be chosen behind closed doors – with nobody able to voice any dissent.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has jailed and sentenced more than 350 journalists and netizens since the controversial Presidential election of 2009. At Reporters Without Borders, we’re working to do everything we can to free them.
Your gifts directly support our help desks for Iranian journalists and members of the media.
br/>We’ve supported, defended and helped to free more than 100 journalists since 2009. We’ve also defended more than 60 political refugees in 2012 alone. So your donation really does make a difference. Help us protect freedom of information.
Thank you for your involvement. I promise you that we will keep fighting.
Head of Research
Reporters Without Borders