Iranian Court Orders Economics Journalist Jailed for Over Seven Years and Flogged

AFP is reporting another outrage out of the Iranian legal system where a journalist Bahman Ahmadi Amoui has been sentenced to over seven years in jail and a flogging with 34 lashes. Amoui was a critic of Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s economic policies.

Amoui, who has been in jail since June 20th. He was an editor at the respected economic publication Sarmayeh. Iranian authorities shutdown the paper when it continued to criticize the economic policies of Ahmadinejad.

This follows the six-year jail sentence handed down a few days earlier to journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi.

For pictures of other journalists arrested in Iran, click here.

For the full story, click here.

60 thoughts on “Iranian Court Orders Economics Journalist Jailed for Over Seven Years and Flogged”

  1. Yea, you just can’t accept that your wrong. Thanks for providing your shelf life theory to back up your bogus outdated explanation.

  2. OT,

    Facts are a bitch when they disagree with your propaganda, aren’t they?

    If shelf life is the standard by which to judge the validity of information?

    People should stop talking about Jesus. It was 2000 years ago. Let it go.

    Same goes for Mohammed. It was 1400 years ago. Who cares?

    And Einstein. Let’s not leave out the sciences. Relativity was revealed over a 100 years ago so it must be invalid too.

    Don’t forget to throw out that Newton! It’s old and stale so gravity must be a lie.

    Pythagorus! Geometry is invalid because it is rooting in 2500 year old work.

    Yeah, that’s some argument you have there, sport.

  3. I think the Internet needs to remain in private hands to the extent it is. we have seen huge gains in technology and productivity because of a relatively free Internet.

    Government control or stricter oversight is a mistake. It is the public square of old and should remain as free as possible.

    I may not like the Daily Kos or but I would not restrict their ability to disseminate information and I hope they would afford conservative organizations the same regard.

    Any attenuation of free speech should be regarded as an outrage.

  4. Yes, his four year old report did quite the damage. I guess I should retreat in defeat.

  5. OFF Topic,
    Buddha, provides you with a courtesy that you don’t deserve, I am not so charitable and refuse to engage with a troll who believes Glenn Beck has anything useful to say. To me your credibility ended with:

    “With Glenn Beck’s help, we exposed the White House Czar charged with technology policy”

    Anything that followed from you was then suspect. Besides which you were proudly off topic and thus confirmed your troll status as a propagandist. As for Buddha’s response it demolished you and if it is his wont he will do it further, while I will just heap well deserved ridicule upon you.

  6. Buddah properly showed how to attack the message Mr. Spindell.

    Please attend his class for further education.

  7. You expect me to believe that nothing has changed since ScienceDaily (Jan. 6, 2005)

    A story 4 years ago, I’m the idiot.

    Thursday, April 30, 2009
    Print ShareThisInternet users face regular “brownouts” that will freeze their computers as capacity runs out in cyberspace, according to research to be published later this year.

    Experts predict that consumer demand, already growing at 60 percent a year, will start to exceed supply as early as 2010 because of more people working online and the soaring popularity of bandwidth-hungry Web sites such as YouTube and services such as the BBC’s iPlayer.

    It will initially lead to computers being disrupted and going offline for several minutes at a time. Beginning in 2012, however, PCs and laptops are likely to operate at a much reduced speed, rendering the Internet an “unreliable toy.”

    When Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British scientist, wrote the code that transformed a private computer network into the World Wide Web in 1991, the Internet appeared to be a limitless resource.

    However, a report being compiled by Nemertes Research, a respected American think-tank, will warn that the Web has reached a critical point and that even the recession has failed to stave off impending problems.

  8. OFF Topic ritually sacrifices babies and drinks their blood. I know this because I recognize the secret code in his writing.

    “Attack the message not the messenger.”

    OFF Topic,
    By your formulation, my silly statement above should be responded to by a denial and the delusion of my stating it should be off limits. That is the problem with you Beck followers. A message should be seen in the context of the messenger. Glenn Beck is a racist traitor to this country, who does it not out of firm belief, but because it is making him rich. That you take him seriously on any level says a whole lot of things about you and the seriousness of what you write.

    Although it is said that a broken clock is right at least twice a day, in Glenn Becks’s case and in yours, that isn’t even true.

  9. Except when the messenger is a propagandist and distortionist. Which is an apt description of someone peddling Beck’s madness and lies.

    You obviously haven’t read here often.

    And let’s talk about that misinformation.

    The Internet works in part because of treating data homogeneously as part of its design. It’s redundant and designed to reroute any and all data around lost nodes. It was designed this way because DARPA wanted a network capable of surviving a nuclear or other type of attack that could cripple large chunks of the network in one shot. Allowing companies to throttle that function in the name of profits won’t help manage traffic flow. It’ll impair it. And the consequence is you’ll have to pay an extortion fee to get around that impediment. There is no shortage of bandwidth. It’s that simple. There are new fiber optics being installed all over the nation and that doesn’t even take into account data transmission by power lines – currently (pardon the pun) being tested in limited markets that show they are every bit as fast as DSL or cable connections running at 2 or 3 megabits per second and are probably better at it than traditional cable over distances.

    A whole nation full of untapped bandwidth on top of bandwidth currently being built in traditional methods. And let’s not forget the rise of direct to satellite IP services too. Only limited by how many birds you want to fly. And comparatively speaking, telecom satellites are cheap.

    Reality is a bitch, but it is reality.

    There is no argument for network efficiency by allowing throttles. It’s actually an argument for allowing corporations to repress data they dislike or charge extra when they see fit. Well, the internet wasn’t developed for their profit centers. It was developed as a matter of national security to ensure that communications OF ALL SORT could continue in case of emergency.

  10. OFF TOPIC,
    You are. Yet all we need to know about you is you follow Glenn Beck, which makes you an idiot, to ignorant to know it.

  11. A couple of months ago I told you about the FCC’s regulatory power grab, boosted by the radical left, to gain control of the Internet and potentially our whole communications system. With Glenn Beck’s help, we exposed the White House Czar charged with technology policy, Susan Crawford, and she was forced to resign. Unfortunately, the left’s effort to take over the Internet continues. The Federal Communications Commission is moving ahead with proposed “Open Internet” rules, which would give federal regulators vast new powers, and ultimately lead to government control of the Internet.

    The stakes are huge, and will help determine outcomes on all the other issues we care about. That’s because as long as the Internet is free, we can use it to communicate, educate, and organize. This is what’s at stake as the FCC moves forward with its ridiculously misnamed “Open Internet” rulemaking.

    Please click here to file official FCC comments opposing a Washington takeover of the Internet. Take action today – the deadline is fast approaching.

    “Open Internet” is the left’s latest marketing language for what they used to call “net neutrality.” It is an outgrowth of the larger so-called media reform project of radical left-wing activists like Robert McChesney, the Free Press founder who explained his goal to “What we want to have in the U.S. and in every society is an Internet that is not private property, but a public utility.”

    “Open Internet” or “net neutrality” sounds simple – force phone and cable companies to treat every bit of information the same way – until you realize that modern networks are incredibly complex, with millions of lines of code in every router. Making sure services like VoIP, video conferencing, and telemedicine (not to mention the next great thing that hasn’t been invented yet) get priority may be necessary to make the Internet work, but the government is considering regulations that will make it illegal to prioritize traffic.

    These networks cost billions of dollars to build and maintain, and if there is uncertainty about getting a good return on that investment, private investment will dry up. And then government will step in, spending billions of our tax dollars on a government-owned and controlled Internet.

    Although Susan Crawford is gone, the White House Internet power grab goes much higher, to President Obama himself. He said on the campaign trail: “I will take a backseat to no one in my commitment to Net Neutrality.”

  12. Well yes, we do have to make a distinction for the free thinking journalist.

  13. “And how are we any different?”

    We don’t flog them or jail them. We just bar them from the mainstream media, or ridicule them for their contrary opinions.
    That’s because we’re so “civilized” and believe in “freedom of the press” as long as it supports corporate interests.

  14. Punishing thoughtful criticism is a sign of weakness. The Iranian govt. is facing an actual revolution with its citizens acting with great courage. I am amazed at the courage of these people because they are being tortured and killed, let alone imprisoned for opposing injustice.

    All repressive govts. act in the same way, to a degree. Right now, our govt. doesn’t have to worry that much about our MSM, because no matter what they do, no matter how heinous, our MSM cheers them on. But for the minority reporters, the govt. shows a different face. For them, the questioners, they will put machine guns in their backs, take their computers and copying their hard drives, returning them useless, have them arrested, and in the case of al jazeera, put them in Gitmo and deliberately bomb their headquarters. Our govt. knows how to send a message just as well as China and Iran. Our govt. is a govt. of the weak. They cannot rule through law, so they use the tools of repression.

  15. Now if FAUXNews would take Halliburton’s lead and just move to the ME. Say . . . Iran.

  16. And we do what to our reporters? Oh yeah, we don’t give them 34 lashes.

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