Imprisoned Civil Rights Activist Atena Daemi in Critical Condition
Imprisoned civil rights activist Atena Daemi’s health has deteriorated, according to her mother, Masoumeh Nemati. Daemi, an inmate at Women’s Ward of Evin Prison, began her 40th day of hunger strike on May 17. Charges against Daemi are reported to be based on her Facebook posts, information stored on her phone, and her participation in campaign initiatives.
Journalists Run for Council Jobs — But can they Stay Independent?
The elections for the 5th Tehran City Council will take place on May 19, coinciding with the presidential election and elections for local councils across Iran. Among the registered candidates are several journalists. Across the capital, people are asking: Why are these journalists running for council jobs? Is it possible to hold a semi-governmental position and still remain independent as a journalist? We talk to journalist Morteza Kazemian about whether political involvement negates a journalist's ability to be true to professional ethics.