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Rights Groups Slam “Sham Trial” for Iranian Journalists Who Helped Expose Death of Mahsa Amini

HeadlineJun 02, 2023

In Iran, the two women journalists whose reporting on Mahsa Amini’s death in police custody last September helped set off a nationwide uprising were tried this week in what press freedom groups blasted as a “sham trial.” Elaheh Mohammadi and Niloofar Hamedi had been prevented from seeing their lawyers ahead of the trial, and the lawyers were reportedly not permitted to present a defense in court during the closed-door proceedings. Last month, the reporters were awarded the prestigious 2023 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, alongside a third imprisoned Iranian journalist and activist, Narges Mohammadi.

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