Iran Jails Cartoonist

Iran jailed cartoonist Alena Farghadani, age 28, for criticizing parliament members for restricting access to contraception and attempting to pass a bill criminalizing voluntary sterilization. She drew legislators as cows, monkeys and other animals. She also created an exhibition of people killed in the 2009 protests against voting fraud in the presidential election. The court sentenced her to 12 years in prison for “insulting members of parliament through paintings” and insulting her prison interrogators, etc. Also in 2015, activist Atena Daemi, age 27, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for her postings on Facebook and Twitter advocating an end to the death penalty and human rights violations.

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