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UPDATE: Ahmad Zeidabadi returns to the brutal Rajai Shahr prison

August 06, 2011

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In this picture: Ahmad Zeidabadi and his wife Mahdieh Mohammadi embrace for the last time before he had to return to prison on August 6th after a two-day furlough.

UPDATE, August 7 — Ahmad Zeidabadi was issued an [indefinite] extension on his two-day prison furlough when he arrived to Rajai Shahr ‘Gohrdasht’ prison to turn himself in to prison authorities, according to the Kaleme website. 12 hours later, he was summoned to return to prison again. Ahmad Zeidabadi is currently imprisoned in the brutal Rajai Shahr prison.

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In this picture: Ahmad Zeidabadi and Reza Khandan, Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband, gather during Zeidabadi’s initial release on a two-day prison furlough.

Ahmad Zeidabadi returns to prison after two-day furlough

Persian2English, August 6 — Ahmad Zeidabadi, journalist, political analyst, the secretary general of Tahkim Vahdat (student alumni organization), and member of the board of directors of the Association of Iranian journalists, returned to Rajai Shahr ‘Gohardasht’ prison on Saturday by the orders of the Iranian Judiciary. Ahmad Zeidabadi had been released from prison on a two-day furlough after enduring 780 days behind bars.

The Revolutionary Court had sentenced Ahmad Zeidabadi to the heavy and inhumane sentence of six years in prison, and five of those years have to be spent in prison exile. The court also issued him a life-time ban from: political activities, participation and support of parties, giving interviews, and presenting speeches and oral or written analyses. The Appeals Court upheld the sentence.

In May 2011, an independent international jury of 12 media professionals selected imprisoned journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi as the laureate of this year’s UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. Additionally, in October 2010, he received the the 2010 Golden Pen of Freedom award, which is the annual press freedom prize of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

Editor’s note: Ahmad Zeidabadi’s birthday is on August 31st. Click on the Amnesty action below to show your support for the renowned imprisoned journalist.

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با اتمام مرخصی ۴۸ ساعته دکتر زیدآبادی به زندان بازگشت

ادوارنیوز: احمد زیدآبادی دبیرکل سازمان دانش آموختگان ایران(ادوار تحکیم وحدت) و روزنامه‌نگار زندانی، با پایان یافتن مرخصی ۴۸ ساعته خود به زندان بازگشت.

دکتر زیدآبادی تحلیل‌گر سیاسی و عضو هیئت مدیره انجمن صنفی روزنامه‌نگاران ایران عصر امروز با پایان یافتن مرخصی ۴۸ ساعته خود و عدم تمدید آن از سوی مراجع قضایی به زندان بازگشت.

وی که پس از دوسال محرومیت از مرخصی دو روز پیش به مرخصی آمده بود از سوی مراجع قضایی به زندان فراخوانده شد و ایشان نیز شامگاه امروز به زندان رجایی شهر کرج بازگشت.

دادگاه انقلاب وی را به حکم سنگین و غیر انسانی شش سال زندان ،پنج سال تبعید و محرومیت مادام العمر از هرگونه فعالیت سیاسی و شرکت در احزاب و هواداری و مصاحبه و سخنرانی و تحلیل حوادث،به صورت کتبی یا شفاهی محکوم کرد، که دادگاه تجدید نظر حکم دادگاه بدوی را مورد تایید قرار داد.

احمد زیدآبادی، در سال ۱۳۹۰ توسط هیاتی متشکل از ۱۲ کارشناس بین المللی مستقل رسانه ای برنده جایزه آزادی مطبوعات جهانی سازمان یونسکو ۲۰۱۱ موسوم به “گیلرمو کانو” شد.

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