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Iranian woman journalist, who broke news of Mahsa Amini’s death, is in jail now

Niloofar Hamedi, an Iranian journalist who broke the news of the custodial death of Mahsa Amini, is in jail now.

Niloofar Hamedi, an Iranian journalist who broke the news of the custodial death of Mahsa Amini, is in jail now.

Hamedi, who works for the reformist daily newspaper Shargh, managed to gain access to Kasra hospital on 16 September, in Tehran where the 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was being treated following her detention by the morality police for allegedly wearing her hijab inappropriately. Amini would die later that day.

That same Friday Hamedi tweeted a photo of Amini’s parents crying in the hospital, according to Middle East Eye. The picture quickly spread, eventually spiralling into nationwide protests that have so far seen at least 76 people killed, according to rights groups.

On 22 September, Hamedi was arrested.

“This morning, security agents raided the house of my client Niloofar Hamedi, journalist of Shargh newspaper, arrested her, searched her house and confiscated her belongings,” wrote her lawyer Mohammad Ali Kamfirouzi on Twitter.

At the same time, her Twitter account, where she had originally posted the influential photo of Amini’s parents, was suspended without explanation, MEE reported.

Kamfirouzi, tweeted on 25 September that Hamedi was able to make a phone call to her husband and say that she is in solitary confinement and being interrogated in Tehran’s Evin prison.

She had not been told of any charges against her.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says that at least 27 other journalists have also been arrested as of Monday.

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