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Iran sentences 2 female journalists who covered Mahsa Amini’s death on charges of collaborating with the US

An Iranian court has reportedly sentenced two female journalists on charges of collaborating with the United States more than a year after they were arrested while covering in the in-custody death of Mahsa Amini, who was allegedly being fatally beaten by the country’s morality police over improperly wearing the hijab, sparking massive demonstrations. 

Niloufar Hamedi, who broke the news of Amini’s death after wearing her headscarf too loose, and Elaheh Mohammadi, who wrote about Amini’s funeral, were sentenced to seven and six years in prison, respectively, the judiciary news website Mizan reported Sunday, according to the Associated Press. The sentencing can be appealed within 20 days.

“Niloufar and Elaheh should never have been jailed, and we condemn their sentences. The Iranian regime jails journalists because it fears the truth,” the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy of Iran, which is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing the State Department’s Iran policy and reports directly to the Secretary of State, wrote on X, formerly Twitter. 

The Tehran Revolutionary Court had charged the journalists with collaborating with the hostile American government, colluding against national security and propaganda against the system, according to Mezan. Hamedi worked for the Shargh, while Mohammadi worked for Ham-Mihan, both reformists newspapers. They were detained in September 2022.

Outrage swirled last month with her husband, Raisi, addressed the UN despite the deadly protests in his country and having sponsored planned assassinations of American citizens. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Danielle Wallace is a reporter for Fox News Digital covering politics, crime, police and more. Story tips can be sent to danielle.wallace@fox.com and on Twitter: @danimwallace. 

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