Iran on Tuesday charged two female journalists with “propaganda against the state” over their coverage of mass protests.
The judiciary announced that the journalists — Niloufar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi — are “remanded in custody for propaganda against the system and conspiring against national security.”
Both women have been in custody already for more than a month.
Anti-government protests are in their seventh week in Iran, with rallies breaking out across the country after the death in September of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested for allegedly breaching strict dress rules for women.
Hamedi, who reports for the popular reformist newspaper Shargh, was arrested September 20, after she visited the hospital where Amini was taken.
Mohammadi, a reporter for the reformist daily Ham-Mihan, was arrested September 29 after traveling to Amini’s hometown to cover the funeral.