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Saeed Malekpour
The French media watchdog Reporters Without Borders says it is “shocked” to learn that Iran’s Supreme Court has confirmed a death sentence against website designer Saeed Malekpour, a dual Iranian-Canadian citizen.

The group says his family has said that the court made the decision under pressure from the powerful Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Malekpour was sentenced to death last year on charges of antigovernment activities and developing adult content websites.

He was reportedly arrested in 2008 after returning to Iran to visit his ailing father.

Parastoo Dokouhaki (file photo)
Parastoo Dokouhaki, a well-known Iranian journalist, blogger, and researcher, has reportedly been jailed.

Security forces arrested Dokouhaki at her home in Tehran over the weekend and took away some of her belongings.

Reports say she has been charged with acting against Iran’s national security.

RFE/RL's Radio Farda quotes one of Dokouhaki’s relatives as saying that she had not been involved in any journalistic or political activities in recent years.

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