Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Special News


Filmmakers seem to be doing a bit of a Julian Assange- that is getting arrested.

The BBC has reported that Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi has been sentenced to six years in prison, according to his lawyer.

Farideh Gheirat said Mr Panahi had been convicted of working against the Iranian system, Isna news agency said.

He had also been banned from making films, writing scripts and traveling overseas.

Meanwhile Iranian film-maker, Mohammad Rasulov, also received a six-year sentence on similar charges.

The BBC wrote:

Mr Panahi has been sentenced to six years in jail on a charge of (participating) in a gathering and carrying out propaganda against the system," said Ms Gheirat.

"He has also been banned from making films, writing any kind of scripts, travelling abroad and talking to local and foreign media for 20 years."

She described the sentence as "heavy" and said her client would be appealing.

According to a statement released in Italy in November, Mr Panahi had gone on trial in Iran accused of making a film without permission and inciting opposition protests after the disputed 2009 presidential election that led to months of political turmoil.

In his statement to the court, Mr Panahi said he was a victim of injustice and called one of the charges against him "a joke", Reuters news agency reported.

Alistair Anderson

See the original article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12045248

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