Journalism is a hazardous profession in Iran. Journalists must be free to criticize the state and officials without fearing persecution, but in Iran, authorities systematically intimidate, arrest, imprison and torture them for doing much less, sending a message to their citizens that freedom of information goes against the pillar of the regime.
journalismisnotacrime.com will document these human rights abuses, raise awareness of the situation of press freedom in Iran and support Iranian journalists by providing them with legal and psychological assistance.
The site – a comprehensive, multimedia database of every journalist that has been targeted over the years by various Iranian governments – is a testament to the truth: that reporters, editors, photographers, bloggers and citizen journalists are regularly jailed for spreading vital news and for simply doing their job.
journalismisnotacrime.com will develop in three phases. In the project’s first phase, the site features journalists arrested following the disputed presidential election in 2009. It will then expand to include journalists arrested since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The final phase will include those journalists who were arrested before the Revolution.
What does Journalism is not a Crime do:
- Documents the arrests of journalists by the Iranian government.
- Provides legal help to Iranian journalists before, during and after their arrest.
- Provides psychological help to Iranian journalists before, during and after their arrest.
- Produces original content such as films, books and multimedia programs to be shown internationally.
- Organizes events with other organizations around the world to publicize the plight of Iranian journalists.
Documentation and Wiki Model
Journalists listed on the site are free to update their profiles, or those of other journalists, particularly those who are unable to update their profiles because they are in prison. The site is moderated to prevent any defamatory commentary.
A team of prominent Iranian lawyers offer legal advice to Iranian journalist under duress. The FAQ section offers advice on the most common questions journalists have about different areas including arrest, interrogation, confiscation of property and false confession. Journalists can also pose their questions on the site to the lawyers, or send a private message to them.
A trained Iranian psychologist provides advice to Iranian journalists. She has provided an FAQ advice sheet of common problems faced by journalists including depression, anxiety and anger. Journalists can also send in public or private messages, and seek advice from her.
journalismisnotacrime.com has the most updated news of censorship, arrests, incarcerations and all other actions by the Iranian government to curb the power of the media. Our aim is to tell the Iranian government, “If you do it, we’ll report it. You can’t silence us.”
Journalism is not a Crime has a number of special projects. The current projects include:
- A documentary about the “My Stealthy Freedom” Facebook page, which chronicles the life and times of Masih Alinejad, the brave Iranian reporter who has been harassed and intimated by the Iranian government.
- A collection of memoirs by twenty Iranian journalists of censorship in different eras in modern Iranian history.
With the help of friendly organizations, Journalism is Not a Crime organizes events in countries around the world. These events attempt to create solidarity between Iranian journalists and journalists in other parts of the world, thereby allowing Iranian journalists and their colleagues to learn from each other’s experiences.
The primary language of the site is Persian, but most content of the site is available in English. If you would like to help us translate the site into other languages, please contact us at [email protected]