Rouhani on the release of Farghadani: “Critics should not be sent to jail“.

Following the release of Atena Farghadani, the artist who initially received a sentence of 12 years in jail for lampooning members of parliament but on appeal the sentence was reduced to 18 months, president Hassan Rouhani endorsed free speech by saying that critics of the regime should not be jailed.

The regime in Tehran is at once so strong and so weak and that it does not allow anyone to criticize it. In fact, criticism of the regime or of Islam is viewed as a sin and leads to bogus convictions of “propaganda”, “collusion” etc…

The release of Farghadani is a proof that pressure from the world on Iran’s human rights can be successful and Rouhani’s statement shows that there are positive forces within Iran.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/rouhani-rallies-freedom-speech-iran-38835191

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