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Iranian Supreme Leader Pardons Some Jailed Protesters as Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Released on Bail

HeadlineFeb 06, 2023

In Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has pardoned “tens of thousands” of prisoners, including people involved in recent anti-government protests, according to Iranian state news outlets. But rights advocates say the extensive list of exceptions means only a small number are likely to receive amnesty.

In related news, award-winning filmmaker Jafar Panahi has been released from prison on bail after he went on hunger strike protesting his detention. The 62-year-old was arrested in July for speaking up about another director, Mohammad Rasoulof, who had been imprisoned a few days earlier for criticizing police violence.

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