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article imageIran Journalist jailed, banned from writing for 30 years

By Leo Reyes     Jun 9, 2010 in World
An award-winning woman journalist was sentenced to serve jail and banned from writing for 30 years on charges of alleged propaganda against Iran Islamic regime over her post election reports last year
Jila Baniyaghoob 39, was arrested last June 20,2009 for her news articles on post Iranian elections. Her journalist husband was likewise jailed for five years on security charges.
The International Women's Media Foundation gave Baniyaghoob its courage in journalism award in 2009.
Trouble for the husband and wife journalists came after their post election articles were published in the reformist newspapers in Iran.
Iran had violent election last year when opposition leader Hossein Mousavi challenged incumbent Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the hotly-contested presidential election.
Mousavi's supporters claimed the election was rigged to pave the election victory of the incumbent president Ahmadinejad.
Mir Hossein Mousavi, the candidate opposing the incumbent president called on his supporters to denounce the election fraud and asked that the election result be nullified.
Journalists have covered the event using popular social media networks like Twitter and Facebook to report on the post election violence in the Iranian capital.
Journalists who were on the ground during the violent dispersal of protesters loyal to Mousavi were arrested and jailed.
Jila was reported as one of the journalists on the ground who was arrested.
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