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Iran executes journalist who encouraged 2017 protests

An Iranian journalist, accused of fanning unrest during the 2017-18 nationwide protests, was executed on Saturday after the Supreme Court upheld a death sentence against him.

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  13 Dec 2020 9:04 AM GMT

An Iranian journalist, accused of fanning unrest during the 2017-18 nationwide protests, was executed on Saturday after the Supreme Court upheld a death sentence against him. According to a BBC report, Ruhollah Zam, who ran the anti-government Amadnews website, was hanged on Saturday morning. The Iranian government has accused the news portal of inciting the 2017-18 unrest after it shared videos of protests and damaging information about officials. The BBC said the journalist, who had been living in exile in France, was reportedly detained while travelling to Iraq last year. Details of his arrest however remains unclear. But a news report on the Amadnews' website quoted the journalist's wife as saying that Zam was lured to Iraq in September 2019 and was kidnapped and transferred to Iran by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and convicted to death. The spokesperson for the Islamic Republic's judiciary announced four days ago that the supreme court had approved Zam's sentence, the Amadnews report added. (IANS)

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