Reporters Without Borders (RSF) expressed its outrage about Iran’s execution of prominent journalist Ruhollah Zam on Saturday. It said in a tweet: RSF is outraged at this new crime of Iranian justice, adding that it saw Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the mastermind of this execution.
In the same tweet, the organization related that it had been alerting UN Human Rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet, and Javaid Rehman, the UN Special Rapporteur who deals with human rights in Iran, of Zam’s risk being condemned since October 23. Moreover, RSF joined others reporters in expressing angry of Zam killing, whom Iran stated that he stimulated violence during the 2017 anti-government protests.
International Commission of Jurists Secretary-General, Sam Zarifi, wrote on Twitter: Another despicable execution in #Iran, punishing Rohollah Zam for exercising his right to freely express himself. Abolish the death penalty, in Iran and around the world.
Furtehrmore, Iranian activist Masih Alinejad also said in Tweeter: I’m deeply shocked & saddened that Islamic Republic executed Iranian dissident journalist #RuhollahZam, who was a source of anti-regime news, especially during #IranProtests. Zam was lured to Iraq from Paris & kidnapped by the IRGC. This could happen to all of us. IRI=ISIS.
Indeed, Zam’s website and Telegram published the timings of the demonstrations and dangerous information about officials that directly challenged the authority of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Those protests that started at the end of 2017 represented the biggest challenge to Tehran since the 2009 Green Movement demonstrations and help to organize similar protests in November of last year.