Iran has sentenced an opposition journalist to death after he reported on the damage Tehran’s belligerent international positions brought to the nation’s economy, the Iranian state-controlled PressTV reported Tuesday.
Iranian journalist and activist Ruhollah Zam ran an opposition Telegram channel called AmadNews highlighting reporting on national economic hardship in late 2017 and early 2018. The reports triggered nationwide protests against the Islamic regime. Authorities, who wanted to quell the protests, accused Zam of using his channel to incite unrest and arrested him in October 2019.
On Tuesday, Iran’s Judiciary spokesman, Gholam-Hossein Esmaeili, announced that the court system had sentenced Zam to death after the judiciary “considered that the 13 charges [against Zam] were the equivalent of the charge of spreading ‘corruption on earth’ and therefore passed the death sentence.”
“Corruption on earth” is a charge Iran often levels in cases involving acts of espionage or efforts to overthrow the government, according to Agence