Leaked files reveal Iran's post-revolution crackdown on journalists

Iran's notoriously brutal Evin Prison in northern Tehran

Iran's notoriously brutal Evin Prison in northern Tehran

Enemy threats can not intimidate the Islamic republic into negotiations over its missile program, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Bagheri said here on Thursday.

IRAN celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution's victory on Monday at a time of heightened tensions with the United States and a sharp economic downturn.

It was not immediately clear whether those who will be pardoned will include some of the hundreds of prisoners who human rights groups say have been jailed for political offences.

Ayatollah Amoli Larijani, the Chief of Iran's Judiciary Branch, penned a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei, asking his Eminence to reduce or pardon the sentences of aforementioned convicts who were deemed eligible for clemency.

Iran arrested, imprisoned or killed at least 860 journalists in the three decades after the 1979 Islamic revolution, according to documents leaked to media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

At a news conference in Paris, RSF revealed that whistle-blowers had passed on 1.7 million records detailing judicial proceedings against Iranian citizens.

"Confidential until now, the file is a register of all the arrests, imprisonments and executions carried by the Iranian authorities in the Tehran area over four decades", read a statement from RSF.

The least this unveiling conveyed was that "if the enemies were thinking of the slightest attack on this Islamic Establishment, the missiles would fall down on their heads like a thunderbolt", he went on to say.

"The very existence of this file and its millions of entries show not only the scale of the Iranian regime's mendacity.but the relentless machinations it used for 40 years to persecute men and women for their opinions or their reporting", he said.

The other prominent journalist in the file is Farj Sarkhohi, editor of a political magazine who Tehran said disappeared en route to Germany in 1996.

Deloire said his organization would refer the file to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in the hope further steps could be taken to hold Iran accountable. "In reality, he had just spent two months in prison", the report said.

Beyond the journalists rounded up or imprisoned, RSF said the files showed 61,900 political prisoners had been held since the 1980s, with more than 500 of them aged between 15 and 18.

Iran denied her killing, with an official report on her death failing to disclose the cause of death.

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