Iran arrests journalist for not calling Soleimani a “martyr” on messaging app Telegram

January 27, 2020

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps arrested Kurdish journalist Wahid Fatahi last week after he referred to Qasem Soleimani on a messaging app without giving him the title of “martyr”.

Fatahi has since been “transferred to an unknown destination” according to Hebgawê Human Rights Watch. The message was posted on Fatahi's Pawa29 channel hosted by the Telegram group chat app, despite the fact that Telegram has been blocked in the country since 2018.

This is the second time a journalist has been arrested for describing Soleimani without the “martyr” title. Muzaffar Walad-Beigi was arrested for sharing an unapproved article on the Dengi Nouriyaw Telegram channel.

After General Soleimani was killed by a US air strike earlier this month, a spokesman for the Revolutionary Guards cried during a live broadcast for Soleimani's “martyrdom” in a speech that included threats against both America and Israel.


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