|Iran is the largest prison for journalists|
His website "My Life for My Iran" at magalh91.blogspot.de was not a major blog, and had fewer than 30 viewers in October. Even if he was not a major blogger, Beheshti's death "has provoked outrage among both opponents and supporters of Iran’s leaders". On October 22, 2012, Beheshti posted a criticism of the Islamic Republic on his blog addressed to the Supreme leader.
Beheshti stated that the judicial system of the Islamic Republic was "nothing but a slaughterhouse," and that "the sentences and ... the executions carried out ... were not out of a desire for justice – but were aimed at terrorizing the people! So that no one will complain!. In a blog post a day before his arrest, Beheshti wrote: "They threatened me yesterday and said, 'Your mother will soon wear black because you don't shut your big mouth'.
His death in detention made the world aware of the abuse that is taking place against independent journalists in Iran. more recently we became aware of these two journalists: In January 2017 we could read this in the news: Local reports said that Iranian journalists Mustafa Barari and Arash Shoaa, from Gilan Noveen and Gilan No news websites, have received flogging sentences and a fine by the Revolutionary Court in Rasht city, north of Iran, following the complaint of one member of the Iranian Parliament over their publications.
|A protest in front of an Iran Air agency in Paris, on July 10, 2012|
The journalists, who were charged with spreading lies and publication without a license, now face 114 and 40 floggings as well as 1 million Rial (almost 30,000 Euro) fine for the charge of insult. They have appealed the sentences and both websites are still controlled by the authorities, media added.I am sorry to say that this is just the tip of the iceberg, the number of journalists that are threatened to silence, or imprisoned is the highest in the world. Iran is a world leader when it comes to suppression and harassment of innocent journalists. They are tortured for telling the truth and how many that have been threatened to remain silent we can only guess. But I believe the number is thousand’s. An Iranian cybercrime surveillance programme entitled Operation Spider 2, which tracks and cracks down on social media users, has so far resulted in the arrest and imprisonment of several Internet users on charges such as insulting Islam, publishing immoral and corrupt material and encouraging individuals to commit immoral acts.
The Telegram messaging application has got its voice app blocked because of the regimes fear over an uprising like the one in 2009. Facebook and Twitter continued to be entirely blocked for domestic users, and the authorities arbitrarily ban content under the justification of protecting families and Islamic culture. The list of human rights abuse against journalists are long and it is getting longer. This is because the journalists refuse to be silent, and the regime are afraid of a new uprising like the one in 2009. To prevent the event they are prohibiting any media that can be used to gather protesters.