Iran sentences journalist Ruhollah Zam to death

Elias Hubbard
July 1, 2020

It is unclear how Zam came to be arrested. A series of a televised confessions have aired in recent months over his work.

He explained that 13 of his accusations have been identified as "Corrupt on Earth", which is a title of capital crimes in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Zam's website, AmadNews, and a channel he created on the popular messaging app Telegram had informed people on the timing of the protests and published embarrassing information about Iranian officials.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili announced Ruhollah Zam's sentence on June 30.

Separately, the judiciary spokesman said an appeals court had upheld a previous prison sentence for Fariba Adelkhah a prominent researcher with dual French-Iranian citizenship.

Zam ran a channel on the messaging app Telegram that spread messages about upcoming protests in 2017 and shared videos from the demonstration.

Iranian officials have accused arch-foe the United States as well as Tehran's regional rival Saudi Arabia and government opponents living in exile of fomenting the unrest, which began as protests about economic hardship and spread nationwide.

Telegram shut down Amadnews after Iran demanded it remove the account for inciting an "armed uprising". Thousands were detained by police in the protests, and 25 people were killed.

During his trial by the Revolutionary Court the 46-year-old Zam refuted all the charges brought against him by the prosecutor, including the charges of "collusion to take criminal action against national security", espionage, and "insults against sanctities".

Zam is the son of the Shia cleric Mohammad Ali Zam, a reformist who served in a government policy position in the early 1980s.

Zam is able to appeal his sentence, issued by a Revolutionary Court. He said her time spent in jail would count towards the sentence. Those charges were later dropped, but security-related charges remained against her. He had been granted political asylum in France, having been imprisoned in Iran after the disputed 2009 presidential election.

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