Six online journalists sentenced long jail terms in Iran

The Tehran Revolutionary Court ruled against six journalists and editors for Majzooban Noor; a website for the Sufi religious community of Gonabadi dervishes in Iran. Members of the editorial committee alongside citizen journalists were issued sentences from seven years up to 26 years in prison and 74 lashes for each. After completing their jail terms, they will still have an internal exile and a ban on all civil society and journalistic activity simultaneously for two years. Since they rebuffed to attend the hearing due to the absence of legal representation, the sentences were passed in absentia.