Iran journalist who fueled 2017 protests sentenced to death

Iran journalist who fueled 2017 protests sentenced to deathIran sentenced a once-exiled journalist to death over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests that began at the end of 2017, authorities said Tuesday. Ruhollah Zam’s website 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. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili announced Zam’s death sentence on Tuesday, saying he had been convicted of “corruption on Earth,â€� a charge often used in cases involving espionage or attempts to overthrow Iran’s government.


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