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In a Tehran court, cartoonist Atena Farghadani was sentenced to six years in prison for “propaganda against the Islamic Republic” and “insulting the sacred.” The conviction came after she tried to paste a critical poster on the streets, as repression in Iran continues to rise. Her lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, announced the verdict on social media, stating that she was sentenced to five years for insulting the sacred and one year for propaganda against the system.

Farghadani is not new to legal issues with Iranian authorities. In 2015, she was sentenced to 12 years in prison for posting a caricature on Facebook that was deemed to be collusion against national security. However, this sentence was later reduced on appeal.

The crackdown on artists, women without the Islamic veil, and critics of the Islamic Republic has intensified in Iran due to public discontent over economic hardships and social tensions. Filmmaker Mohamad Rasoulof fled the country after being sentenced to eight years in prison for his films. Rapper Tomaj Salehi was sentenced to death for supporting protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who was arrested and killed for not wearing a veil. Publisher Hossein Shanbehzadeh was charged with spying for Israel after responding to a message from Khamenei on social media.

The situation in Iran remains tense as the government continues to crack down on dissent and criticism. Artists, activists, and critics are facing severe punishment for speaking out against the regime, leading to a climate of fear and repression in the country.

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