Former Editor-in-chief of IRNA News Agency and Current Editor-in-chief of IRNA Plus
Insulting Iranian officials
Amar Kalantari, who was close to the late former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and his allies, published comments on the Ayandeh News website and was arrested under a warrant issued by Mohammad Ali Ramin, Vice Minister of Culture of the time.
On 9 November 2014, Amar Kalantari was granted a brief temporary release and returned to prison after just a few days. But on 13 December 2014, he was released after three months in prison. He had informed on and criticized Foad Sedeghi due to embezzlement and financial corruption in the government of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He was eventually released from prison.