On Tuesday, July 4, 2023, Nazila Maroofian, a young journalist who is originally from Saqqez but resides in Tehran, published a Twitter post in which she said, “Officials from the Ministry of Intelligence have searched my house and confiscated some of my digital devices, including my mobile phone and laptop.”
Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced Nazila Maroofian to two years in prison and other supplementary punishments in February 2023. The prison sentence for Ms. Maroofian was suspended for five years.
Also, two separate cases were filed against Nazila Maroofian, one of which was referred to Branch 26 of Tehran’s General and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office and the other to Branch 1024 of the 2nd Criminal Court of Tehran.
On Tuesday, June 20, 2023, agents of the SSF Special Units badly brutalized this young journalist in Tehran’s City Theatre and dragged her on the ground.
Who is the young journalist Nazila Maroofian?
Nazila Maroofian, a student at Tehran’s Allameh Tabatabai University and a young journalist for Rouydad 24, was arrested on October 30, 2022, by order of the Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office based in Evin Prison in Tehran.
She was arrested for publishing her interviews with the father of Mahsa Amini on the Rouydad 24 website in October and November 2022. She was confined in Ward 209 of Evin. She was eventually transferred to Qarchak Prison and released on bail after a while.
Before being arrested, Nazila Maroofian wrote in a Twitter post, “They won’t let me publish my interview a few days ago with Mahsa Amini’s father. First, they called my father in the city… then they called me that there was a warrant for my arrest. If you publish it, you will be sent to Evin on such and such charges!” Nazila Maroofian also worked as a reporter in Dideban-e Iran.
Nazila Maroofian suffered an infarct before standing trial on January 4, 2023.
The young journalist was under much mental pressure and psychological torture in prison and interrogation. Since her arrest, she had been confined in solitary confinement or cells with few prisoners. On the day of the trial, she fainted and had an infraction. Nazila Maroofian was transferred to Mofatteh Hospital in Shahr-e Rey, but she was returned to Qarchak Prison without completing the tests.
During the interrogation in the detention center, she underwent severe pressure and threats from the interrogators to make forced confessions. And due to these pressures, she suffered two mild heart strokes.