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Sabtu, 12 Desember 2020

Iran executes dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam - ABC News

Iranian dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam, who was convicted of fomenting violence during the 2017 anti-government protests, has been executed, state television reported.

Iran's Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for Zam on Tuesday. He was captured in 2019 after years in exile.

His Amadnews feed had more than 1 million followers.

State broadcaster Seda va Sima said that Zam, "director of the counter-revolutionary Amadnews network, was hanged this morning".

The son of a pro-reform Shiite cleric, Zam fled Iran and was given asylum in France.

In October 2019, Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps said it had trapped Zam in a "complex operation using intelligence deception". It did not say where the operation took place.

Nour News, a news agency close to the Revolutionary Guards, said last week that Zam was detained by Guards agents after he travelled to Iraq in September 2019 and was brought to Iran.

France and human rights groups condemned the Supreme Court's decision to uphold Zam's death sentence.

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Press advocacy group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned the execution.

"RSF is outraged at this new crime of Iranian justice and sees (Supreme Leader Ayatollah) @ali_khamenei as the mastermind of this execution," the group tweeted.

Iranian officials have accused the United States as well as Tehran's regional rival Saudi Arabia and Government opponents living in exile of stoking the unrest, which began in late 2017 as regional protests over economic hardship spread nationwide.

Officials said 21 people were killed during the unrest and thousands were arrested.

The unrest was among the worst Iran has seen in decades, and was followed by even deadlier protests last year against fuel price rises.

Zam's Amadnews feed was suspended by messaging service Telegram in 2018 for allegedly inciting violence but later reappeared under another name.

Reuters

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