Mojtaba Lotfi

Mojtaba Lotfi

Location: Qom, Iran
32° 19' 27.3936" N, 53° 36' 47.8116" E
Status: Under Arrest
Arrested on 08 Oct 2008
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Theologian and online journalist Mojtaba Lotfi’s arrest on 8 October for a posting a sermon by Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri - a well-known opponent of the Islamic revolution’s Supreme Guide Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - online.Formerly a journalist with the pro-reform daily Khordad, which the authorities closed in 2000, Lotfi was first arrested in May 2004 in Qom after posting an article entitled “Respect for human rights in cases involving the clergy” on, a website about Qom, which the government of Iran has blocked since March 2004 on the orders of the Qom authorities. He was sentenced in August 2004 to three years and ten months in prison for disseminating “lies” online. He was later released on bail pending the outcome of an appeal hearing, for which a date was never set. (RSF)

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Lotfi was transferred in 2010 to internal exile in the remote village of Ashtian.

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