Ali Akbar Javanfekr
The Iranian judiciary has sentenced Ali Akbar Javanfekr, the managing director of the country’s official news agency IRNA and the media advisor to President Ahmadinejad, to one-year in jail for allegedly insulting Ayatollah Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader. The Judiciary did not reveal the content of the alleged insult. [Mashregh News, 15 January].
Javanfekr is among a number of senior aides to Ahmadinejad targeted by hardliners and collectively labeled as “deviationists.” Convicting and imprisoning the chief of the country’s official news agency, as strange as it is, could be yet another move by the hardliners to silence any opposing voice on the eve of parliamentary elections scheduled for 2 March.
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