Iran Updates: Journalists Who Reported Mahsa Amini’s Death Are Freed From Prison


The Tehran Court of Appeal has upheld the 5-year prison sentence of human rights advocate Asadollah Fakhimi and the 3-year term imposed on his wife and fellow activist Hoorieh Khanpour.

The couple were seized after a raid on their home last July. They were charged with “assembly and collusion against national security” and “propaganda against the Islamic Republic”, and released on bail in November.


Professor Ahmad Shekarchi of Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti University is the latest academic dismissed amid the nationwide “Woman. Life. Freedom” protests.

Shekarchi announced his dismissal on Instagram on Monday.

Fifty students in the university’s Faculty of Social Sciences protested the firing in a statement on Telegram. They praised Shekarchi’s commitment to academics and ethics, and denounced the “repression” campaign dismissing scores of academics and expelling students.

Shekarchi co-signed a statement by 200 professors protesting the widespread arrests of students.

The Iranian outlet KhabarOnline reported on Wednesday that 25 professors at Tehran University have been dismissed or barred from teaching over the past two years.

ORIGINAL ENTRY: Iranian comedian Zeinab Mousavi (pictured) has been summoned to serve a two-year prison sentence, following her statements in comic videos against compulsory hijab.

Mousavi shared a photo of the summons from the Iranian judiciary on her Instagram page on Monday. She has been instructed to hand herself over to authorities within five days.

She referred to celebrations of the fall of the Shah on February 11, 1979, “I will be in prison on the anniversary of the Spring of Freedom, and those of us born after that glorious era have not truly experienced freedom. We have been deprived of our rightful share of everything.”

Mousavi, 34, has been a featured stand-up comedian on State TV. She has more than half a million followers on Instagram. One of her comic characters is the “Empress of Kuzcoo” – an old villager who wears a hijab that reveals only her nose.

Mousavi was arrested amid the “Woman. Life. Freedom” protests in October 2022l. She was released on bail the following month after spending 25 days in solitary confinement.

She was handed the two-year sentence on unknown charges in December 2022.