The two journalists who had reported on Mahsa Amini’s death and burial ceremony have been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Niloufar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi have been imprisoned for more than one year for reporting the truth. They spent some months in the notorious Qarchak Prison and were relocated to Evin Prison on May 1, 2023.
Niloufar Hamedi is sentenced to seven years for “collaboration with the US hostile government,” five years for “assembly and collusion for committing crimes against national security,” and one year for “propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Elaheh Mohammadi is sentenced to six years in prison for “collaboration with the US hostile government,” five years for “assembly and collusion for committing crimes against national security,” and one year for “propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
The two journalists have also received supplementary punishments, including two years of bans on membership in parties, groups, and political groups, activity in cyberspace, media, and the press.
If the verdicts are upheld, Niloufar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi will have to serve seven and six years, respectively.
The first and second sessions of the trial of the two journalists were held on May 30, and July 25, 2023.
Niloufar Hamedi, a photojournalist for Shargh newspaper, took and published the first photo of Mahsa Amini in a coma at the hospital. Elaheh Mohammadi, a journalist for Ham-Mihan newspaper, published a report on Mahsa’s funeral and an interview with her father.
Niloufar Hamedi was arrested on September 22, 2022, and Elaheh Mohammadi on September 23.