Jila Baniyagoob, Women’s Rights Defender and Journalist, Begins Serving Prison Sentence

Sunday 2 September 2012

Change for Equality: Jila Baniyagoob, a women’s rights activist and the editor of the website Focus on Iranian Women, went to Evin prison, in response to a summons to begin serving her prison sentences early this morning.

Baniyagoob was sentenced to one year in prison and 30 years ban on journalism activities. She was arrested on June 20, 2009 in relation to the disputed presidential elections, along with her husband Bahman Ahmadi Amouie, a journalist who is currently serving a 5 year prison sentence in Rajaee Shahr prison. While Bahman has been in prison for the past 3 years, Jila his wife now also is put behind bars, to begin serving a one year prison sentence.

Jila Baniyagoub is the editor of the webstie Focus on Iranian women and a journalist who has years of experience working as journalist covering social issues or as the social section’s editor of various reformist dailies, including Hamshahri, Norooz, Vaghaye Etefaghiyeh, Yaas-e No, Sobhe Emrooz, Aftab Emrooz and Sarmayeh. In 2009 she was awarded the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award and International Press Freedom Award from the Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression. In 2011 she was also given an award from Reporters without Borders. Baniyagoub is also a women’s rights activist and was active in the One Million Signatures Campaign.


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