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Iran jails blogger for 14 years

Iran jails blogger for 14 years

An Iranian blogger has been jailed for 14 years on charges of “spying and aiding foreign counter-revolutionaries”

Arash Sigarchi was arrested last month after using his blog to criticise the arrest of other online journalists.

Sigarchi, who also edits a newspaper in northern Iran, was arrested in January after using his blog to ciriticise the arrest of other bloggers.

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His sentence has been criticised by human rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders and comes a day after The Committee to Protect Bloggers held an Global Blogger day of action, calling on the Iranian Government to free Sigarchi and a second Iranian blogger, Motjaba Saminejad, who also used his blog to report on bthe arrest of other bloggers and remains under arrest.

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