The intelligence services of Iran They have charged both journalists who revealed the case of Mahsa Amini having been trained by the US National Intelligence Agency (CIA) to provoke the protests that have shaken the country for weeks.
The two reporters are Nilufar Hamedithe first journalist to report on Amini’s arrest and subsequent death and to publish photos of the young woman in hospital, and Elah Mohammadiwho covered the funeral of the 22-year-old girl, where the mobilizations began.
iran lives protests since the death on September 16 of Amini after being arrested three days earlier by the morale police for wearing the Islamic veil wrongly, mobilizations calling for the end of the Islamic Republic.
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The Iranian Intelligence Ministry and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Intelligence Organization have accused the two informants of receiving CIA training in “hybrid warfare” to encourage protests.
“The aforementioned intelligence agency organized camps in several countries to train individuals in hybrid warfare,” according to a joint statement from the two agencies picked up by Iranian media today after being published late yesterday.
“The people who published the first photo of Mahsa Amini in the hospital, as well as the one who incited Amini’s family with specific photos received special training in those courses,” the statement continued.
Although she does not mention her by name, Hamedi was the journalist who published a photo of Amini in the hospital, when she was in a coma and intubated, and days later she published another image of the young woman’s parents embracing in the hospital corridor upon meeting the death of his daughter.
The journalist of the reformist newspaper Shargh was arrested on September 21, is in solitary confinement and has not been informed of the charges that led to her arrest, according to her husband Mohamed Hosein Ajorlou on Twitter.
For his part, Mohammadi covered Amini’s funeral on September 17 in his city of Saqez, Kurdistan, where the protests began and the first handkerchiefs were burned on September 17.
Mohammadi works for the daily Hammihan and was arrested on September 22, when members of the security forces entered her house breaking down the door and confiscated her computer and cell phone.
Iran’s Intelligence Ministry and the Revolutionary Guard Intelligence Organization further stated that the protests are being fomented by the INC with the cooperation of the intelligence services of UK, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The protests are being heavily repressed by the security forces and have caused at least 108 deadaccording to the Oslo-based NGO Iranian Human Rights.
In addition, thousands of people have been arrested, including at least 45 journalists and photographers, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
The protests over Amini’s death are led above all by young people and women shouting “Woman, life, freedom!” who launch slogans against the regime and burn veils, one of the symbols of the Islamic Republic and something unthinkable not long ago.
(With information from EFE)
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