Iran was a major topic of discussion, as about 700 journalists attended a UNESCO conference in Tunisia called New Voices - Media Freedom Helping to Transform Societies.
Asieh Amini, an Iranian journalist and women’s rights activist, said,
Since 2009, Iran has arrested over 290 journalists, handing down jail terms ranging from six months to six years.
According to radiozamaneh, an opposition website, Iran remained one of the top focuses of the conference, as Asieh Amini honored the struggles of Iranian journalists, 30 of whom are currently behind bars, and shared images of the experiences of Iranian journalists and civil activists. Reporters Without Borders has once again ranked Iran as “one of the world’s biggest prisons for journalists” on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day.