Nazanin Khosravani: Prisoner of the Day

Starts six-years prison sentence

BBC & Radio Farda: On 5 March 2012, journalist Nazanin Khosravani turned herself in to authorities at Evin Prison in Tehran in order to begin serving her six-year prison sentence. "Ms. Khosravani was summoned to enforce the ruling several times, but she was returned each time. But today, 5 March, she turned herself in at Evin to begin serving her sentence," a source confirmed.

Khosravani's mother, Azam Afsharian, told Radio Farda that her daughter's lawyer had been informed that an appeals court had upheld the sentence. "On 15 February, we found a court notice in our parking lot that informed us of confiscation proceedings for a property we had introduced as our bail collateral. No other notices had been sent to my daughter prior to this. As I was the property owner who had posted bail for her, I went to court that week and inquired about the notice. They told me to ask my daughter to appear in court. I said we had not received a notice. They said that they had for sure sent a notice and it had somehow never reached us, that maybe it had been lost. That same week on Sunday, Nazanin packed her suitcase and went [to prison]. But they told her to go and come back the next day. She went back and forth for 2-3 days. One day they told me that the Judge wasn't there; another day the Judge saw her and told her to sign a letter, requesting pardon, stating that she had made a mistake, to be released. But Nazanin said, 'I have not done anything, and that's why I will not sign any letters.' So they told her to go and come back the next week. Today it was one week since that day. They called Nazanin from the Evin Prison Court today. We went there together. They talked to her again to sign the pardon request form, but Nazanin did not accept again and this is why they told her to stay."

Branch 26 of Tehran Revolutionary Court, under Judge Pirabbasi, tried Nazanin Khosravani in April 2012 and found her guilty of "assembly and collusion to act against national security and to propagate against the state."

Khosravani was arrested on 3 November 2010 at her home and spent 132 days inside the Intelligence Ministry's Ward 209 at Evin Prison. She was released on bail of $600,000 in March 2011.

Nazanin Khosravani, 35, is a reformist journalist who has worked with Norooz, Bahar, Doran-e Emrooz, Kargozaran, and Sarmayeh newspapers and Aftab News Agency.


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What does it say for us posting on IC

by Reality-Bites on

When almost always there are more posters/comments on anti-Israel discussions than "Iranian Prisoner of the Day" ones?

My thoughts are with Ms Khosravani and her family. Her Jailors must get the message that she and all other prisoners of conscience will not be forgotten and one day these Jailors WILL be held to account for their actions by the people of Iran.


Hate to say this

by عموجان on

Civil war already started but unfortunate fatalities and casualties so far been one sided.

“Prisoner of the day” is the people who we owed the future of Iran to.

my thoughts with her and her family  


Support and defend Nazanin Khosravani!

by Zendanian on

Sample Protest letter:

Dear  virtual family, please take a moment to send this protest letter or use your own version.

Please keep in mind that for us, in our priviliged position: free and outside of Iran and IR's jails, and with acess to internet, it's only a few moments work, but for our magificent,  most courageous political prisoners  back home, in this cold winter, freezing to sickness and worse inside jails of Islamic Republic it would make a big difference. Many thanks in advance.


Free Nazanin Khosravani!

I (we) am (are) writing this to condemn persecution and harrasment of independent hournalist in Iran.  Independent journalists in Iran are constantly harassed and arrested by the Iranian government authorities.

In particular, this letter is written to express my (our) serious concern about the health and well being of Ms. Nazanin Khosravani.

I (we) demand the immediate and unconditional freedom for Ms. Nazanin Khosravani , and all other political prisoners, and call on the Islamic Republic of Iran to respect the right of all Iranians to  , organize, assemble and freedom ,  association and expression.




Send Copy of your Protest Letters to:

info@leader.ir, info@judiciary.ir, dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir; iran@un.int; ijpr@iranjudiciary.org, info@dadiran.ir, office@justice.ir, support@irimlsa.ir; info@humanrights-iran.ir

G. Rahmanian

 مرگ بر جمهوري اسلامي! 

G. Rahmanian

Only through regime change and establishing a democracy will Iranians be able to live in peace!


Indeed a brave SheerZan

by Azarbanoo on

Hang in there and you be free soon with other heroes lik yourself.


The Iranian

by Raoul1955 on

Government is like the mafia.  Feel so sad and sorry that the younger generation of Iranians continues to pay for the stupidity of their previous generation who rejected a US-backed secular regime for a shia-based regime.
Let's hope that the younger generation recognizes the importance of Iran being under the direct U.S. governance.  As such will be most beneficial to Iranians and also to all civilized people around the globe.


Doorood bar tamame Iranian e mobarez...

by Bavafa on

So many conscientious Iranian journalist have put their principal and mother land ahead of their career and as a result are paying a hefty price for it.  These are our brave souls and future of Iran and they need our support for a sustain campaign for their immediate and unconditional freedom. My hats off to this shir-zan and all other shir-del for standing up for their rights and their country.


'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



Shame ....

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

On west residing lobbyists for the Fascist Islamist regime. The same regime responsible for  putting this brave lady and many tens of thousands of other Iranians behind bars for no other reason than demanding their basic human rights.

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."

Anonymous Observer

Ultimate personification of courage

by Anonymous Observer on

 "another day the Judge saw her and told her to sign a letter, requesting pardon, stating that she had made a mistake, to be released. But Nazanin said, 'I have not done anything, and that's why I will not sign any letters.'"

And she was sent to the Mullahs' dungeon with her head held high...

Puts us all to shame. 

Yadam Beh-Khair


by Yadam Beh-Khair on

Afarin be to shirzan ghahramon.

This murderous regime is taking its last breaths, hang in there dear Nazanin.

Arash Kamangir

Hero of the day

by Arash Kamangir on

Nazanin Khosravani is a brave woman ( sheerzan) who were asked by regime to sign a confession and after that she would be freed and she chose to say no to regime and went to prison. She is the hero of all days.


Airtight sanctions

by Fred on

Islamist Rapist Republic (IRR) will not last long enough to see her finish this barbaric sentence. 

Airtight sanctions and air/naval inspections will accelerate the emancipation of Iran and Iranians.