Around 30 journalists and citizen-journalists have been summoned, questioned or arrested in the past few weeks.
Sotoudeh will also receive 148 lashes for charges including ‘propaganda against the state’.
No fewer than 860 journalists and citizen-journalists were prosecuted, arrested, imprisoned and in some cases executed in Iran between 1979 and 2009.
The arrests of Ismael Bakhshi and Sepideh Gholian came the day after Iranian state television broadcast confessions that the activists say were forced.
Over the past month, courts have sentenced at least three lawyers to long prison terms for their human rights activism and security forces have arrested another one
Two academics with ties to Australian universities are among those arrested or required to go to a police station to face questioning in Iran during a weeks-long crackdown.
Iranian authorities have increased the targeting of teachers and labor activists in recent weeks for organizing and conducting peaceful protests.
“Iranian government officials repeatedly advertise to the world that the repeated protests in the country signal that there are real freedoms in Iran, while these same protesters languish in prison for years,” said HRW.
Iran’s security apparatus has escalated its targeting of Iranian dual citizens and foreign nationals whom they perceive to have links with Western academic, economic, and cultural institutions.
Well-known human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh went on hunger strike on 25 August 2018 to protest poor treatment of family and friends since her arrest in June.
RSF condemns the extremely harsh sentences that a Tehran revolutionary court passed last week on six more people who edited or wrote for independent site Majzooban Noor.
Authorities in Iran are using state TV to discredit journalists and dissenters.
Iranian authorities should immediately release eight environmental activists detained for six months.
ARTICLE 19 condemns the May 2018 arrests of high profile Iranian Instagram users Maedeh Hojabri, Elnar Ghasemi, Shadab Shakib, and Kami Yousefi, ahead of new attempts by authorities to censor the platform in the country.