Iran is a prison for female reporters
By Daniel Mahdavi
In its newest report, Reporters Without Borders classified Iran as one of the most dangerous places in the world for female journalists, at the bottom of the list. Reporters Without Borders previously called Iran as the greatest prison for journalists and a prison for female reporters.
The Iranian regime is known for its egregious human rights violations, and over the past four decades, it has executed thousands of its political opponents, namely the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988; most of them were members and sympathizers of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
Moreover, every year, the Iranian regime arrests, tortures and executes thousands of people, on baseless accusations such as blasphemy, insulting Islamic holy places or people, actions against national security, spreading propaganda against the state, and disrupting the public order.
The Iranian regime has also issued heavy sentences and arrested journalists, female reporters and bloggers who protest against the regime’s oppressive policies by publishing the truth.
The Iranian regime is ranked 170th among 180 countries in freedom of press, but regarding female reporters the Iranian regime is at the bottom of the list.
Iranian women suffer from the institutionalized misogynistic rules of the Iranian regime. They suffer from gender discrimination in work places, and the regime treats them as second class citizens.
In addition, the Iranian women are subjected to cruel measurements such as forced veiling and marriage that violates their fundamental rights.
Therefore, under the Iranian regime, the female reporters have no rights and are subjected to heavy pressure and restrictions.
The International community has to condemn the Iranian regime’s human rights violations, particularly the violation women’s rights, and refer the regime’s human rights dossier to the U.N. Security Council. Iran’s rulers must be held accountable for their numerous crimes against the Iranian people .