1. Hossein Ghadiani’s
critical letter caused his blog to be shut down, him to be detained overnight, and many of the blogs who re-published his letter against [Sadegh] Larijani to be filtered. For instance, Iranian Muslim Photographer and Ta-amolat (Contemplation)
were blocked. Dr. Majid Bazrafkan, the author of Ta-amolat, was sentenced to 3 months and 1 day in prison for criticising Larijani and the other’s case is still open.
2. Amir Hossein Sabeti
, who published a critical post about parliament and [Ali] Larijani, was sentenced to 3 months and 1 day imprisonment, but [the case] has been suspended for two years.
3. Former Rajanews
editor Hassan Rozitalab was prosecuted for publishing a post on his blog in which he called the Larijanis [all the brothers] dictators.
4. Rajanews Director, Meysam Nili, was arrested following Ali Larijani’s complaint about the publication of articles criticising him [on Rajanews’ website].
5. Iranian University Students News
website was blocked for one month because of a critical post it published about Ali Larijani.
6. Students of Masumieh Howza
wrote a letter
to the Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom (SSTQ)
, blaming SSTQ for selecting Ali Larijani to be their candidate [for the 9th parliamentary elections]. These students subsequently removed the letter from the website after being pressured [by Larijani]. All websites and blogs that had re-published the letter, such as 598
, BiBak News
and Serat News
, have been blocked and their cases remain open.
7. 9 Dey Weekly Newspaper
’s political editor wrote an article criticising [Ali] Larijani. He was placed under arrest for one week and all websites that re-published the article were blocked. Hezar Sangar (Fortress)
was among these blocked websites.
8. Teribon Mostazafin
[Meftah’s own website] was blocked for two months due to its publication of an article that criticised the Judicial System’s reaction to [Ali] Larijani opponents.
9. Narenjak (Hand Grenade)
and Jolbak Setiz (Anti-Green Movement)
were blocked due to posts criticising [Ali] Larijani; their cases are currently being reviewed by the Judiciary [reminder: Ali’s brother Sadegh is the head of the judiciary].
10. Amir Hassan Looti Sagha [mentioned above] was arrested because of a particular sensitivity regarding the Larijani brothers and his blog was shut down. There hasn’t been any news about him [so far].
[website], which belongs to [conservative MP] Ahmad Tavakkoli
, has called upon the Larijani brothers to exercise more tolerance, considering they hold two of the most powerful positions [in Iran’s political structure]. A few days later, Alef was blocked by the Attorney General.