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Journalist who First Reported on Mahsa Amini’s Death Gets Arrested by Islamic Regime


In Iran, journalist Niloofar Hamedi, who was first to publish news about the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini from Kasra Hospital in Tehran, was arrested by Islamic authorities, according to latest news reports. Friends and relatives of Hamedi took to social media to explain that the journalist was arrested Wednesday evening and that news of her arrest is slowly starting to spread. The latest move comes as the Islamic Republic continues to brutally crack down on protesters throughout the country.

The death toll according to some reports is guessed to be over 180 as Iranians continue to pour out onto the streets acorss the country protesting the murder of Mahsa Amini over her improper hijab.

According to current reports, Hamedi's lawyer, Mohammad Ali Kamfirouzi, stated that he was following the condition of her detention, doing everything within his power to get Hamedi out. On Twitter, Kamfirouzi raised the issue of his client's arrests and noted that her Twitter account was suspended.

Hamedi's friends, family members, and coworkers are closely tracking the status of the detained journalist, trying to provide updates on her condition as well. 

Iranian officials, for their part, have not commented on Hamedi’s arrest, deferring any questions from friends and family members about the journalist's whereabouts.

In addition to Hamedi's arrest, new reports also reveal that more political activists, reformists, and others continue to face arrests following the decree from Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to crack down on the protests. 

Ordinary citizens, like press photographer Yalda Moayeri, were also arrested by Islamic officials, along with others who continue to speak about Amini's death and the details surrounding the events.

The Iranian government has deployed its security forces, arresting and killing citizens on the streets of Tehran, Amol, Isfahan, Tabriz, and other places. Officials from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have come out with statements condemning the protests, accusing those in charge of the protests of working for "foreign services" and vowing to use any military force necessary to quell the protests. 

Many argue that the number of reported deaths and arrests are higher than what reporters are told, given the regime's efforts to hide information.

Currently, the internet in Iran has been shut down by the Islamic government, preventing Iranians from organizing, communicating and posting videos and photographs of the protests and brutality on the streets. 

Iranian Americans are having a hard time calling their loved ones in Iran to check on them. 

In response to the regime's actions, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk launched Starlink satellites in Iran to help protests circumvent the regime's internet blockage and report the situation on the ground.

In the United States, Iranian Americans have come together to protest the regime in California, New York, and other states, calling on the downfall of the Islamic Republic and asking members of Congress to act against the Islamic government. Many Iranian Americans have also called on President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to stand with the people of Iran and not negotiate with the regime over its nuclear program. Experts say that if the Biden administration continues to talk with Iran over its nuclear program, the mullahs will have the resources to defend themselves from the protests and legitimize their current behavior.

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