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Iran executes journalist who encouraged 2017 protests

Ruhollah Zam was executed [Getty]

Date of publication: 12 December, 2020

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He helped to inspire protests across the country.
Iran on Saturday executed a once-exiled journalist over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests in 2017, authorities said, just months after he returned to Tehran under mysterious circumstances.

Iranian state television and the state-run IRNA news agency said that Ruhollah Zam, 47, was hanged early Saturday morning.

"Ruhollah Zam, head of an anti-revolution network, and manager of the anti-revolutionary website and (Telegram) channel Amadnews, was hanged early today.

"Zam was sentenced to execution after several court sessions," said Soodabeh Hosnidokht, an IRINN newsreader.

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The reports did not elaborate.

In June, a court sentenced Zam to death, saying he had been convicted of "corruption on Earth," a charge often used in cases involving espionage or attempts to overthrow Iran's government.

Zam's website AmadNews and a channel he created on the popular messaging app Telegram had spread the timings of the protests and embarrassing information about officials that directly challenged Iran's Shiite theocracy.

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