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Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh photographed in the garden of her office in Tehran, Iran, 9 December 2014 , Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images

Sotoudeh will also receive 148 lashes for charges including ‘propaganda against the state’.

Iranian journalists light candles for the Iranian-Canadian freelance photographer Zahra Kazemi (in the photo) who died while under arrest in Tehran, 8 August 2003, BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images

No fewer than 860 journalists and citizen-journalists were prosecuted, arrested, imprisoned and in some cases executed in Iran between 1979 and 2009.

An unidentified member of the Worker Communist Party of Iran protests against the detention of the party's members at the 98th International Labour Conference at the UN offices in Geneva, 3 June 2009, FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

The arrests of Ismael Bakhshi and Sepideh Gholian came the day after Iranian state television broadcast confessions that the activists say were forced.