Iranian Cartoonist Jailed for Criticizing Government

Artists, women without the Islamic veil and critics of the Islamic Republic have been facing severe punishment in Iran as the crackdown on dissent and criticism has intensified. The situation remains tense as the government continues to crack down on dissent and criticism.

Atena Farghadani, a cartoonist, was sentenced to six years in prison by a Tehran court for “propaganda against the Islamic Republic” and “insulting the sacred.” She was convicted for trying to paste a poster critical of the regime on the streets. Her lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, announced the verdict on social media, stating that she was sentenced to five years for insulting the sacred and one year for propaganda against the system.

Farghadani was arrested in April after attempting to paste a drawing critical of the regime on a wall near the presidential headquarters and the office of Iran’s supreme leader. She has been held in Qarchak prison since her arrest. This is not the first time Farghadani has faced legal issues with Iranian authorities. In 2015, she was sentenced to 12 years in prison for posting a caricature on Facebook that was deemed to be collusion against national security. This sentence was later reduced on appeal.

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