Jila Baniyaghoob

Jila Baniyaghoob

Blog: http://irwomen.net/
Location: Tehran, Iran
35° 41' 46.3776" N, 51° 25' 22.602" E
Status: Released
Arrested between 20 Jun 2009 and 24 Aug 2009
Campaign Site: http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/defenders/hrd_iran/hrd_iran_page.aspx?item=57&c=i6

Jila Baniyaghoob, 38, freelance reporter and editor-in-chief of the website Kanoon Zanan Irani (Focus on Iranian Women), Iran. Baniyaghoob works in one of the most restrictive environments for both journalists and women in the world. Still, she has fearlessly reported on government and social oppression, particularly as they affect women. She has been fired from several jobs because she refuses to censor the subject matter of her reporting and several of her media outlets have been closed by the government. She has travelled throughout the Middle East, writing accounts of the lives of women and refugees during times of conflict. The topics of her reporting make her a target of the Iranian government. She has been beaten, arrested and imprisoned numerous times.Jila won the 2009 Courage in Journalism Award for fearlessly reporting on government and social oppression, particularly as they affect women.

Jila was arrasted on June 20th, 2009, and released on 24 August 2009,  on bail of approximately $200,000, after spending two months in incommunicado detention.

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