'Iranian YouTube' CEO Sentenced To 10 Years Over Video Uploaded by User.

Radio Free Europe

RFE/RL journalists report the news in 22 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Russia.


The founder and manager of Iran’s main video-sharing platform, referred to by some as Iran's YouTube, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of “encouraging corruption” over a video posted by a user.

In the video posted on Aparat.com last year, children were asked whether they know how they were born, Iranian media reported.

The verdict against Aparat Chief Executive Officer Mohammad Javad Shakuri Moghadam was reported by domestic media on October 25. The sentence was reportedly issued in mid-October by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court presided over by judge Mohammad Moghiseh, who is known for handing down harsh sentences. Moghiseh was last year blacklisted by the U.S. State Department for miscarriage of justice.

Shakuri Moghadam, who was awarded a government medal of honor as one of the country's top enterpreneurs about two years ago, can appeal the sentence.

The controversial video was said to have been removed an hour after being posted on Aparat, which has millions of Iranian users.

The producers of the video were also arrested with authorities then claiming that they had received complaints from concerned citizens and families.

The BBC reported that seven others accused in the case have been each sentenced to 11 years in prison after being convicted of “encouraging corruption” and “publishing vulgar content.”

The case has raised concerns that other similar platforms in the country could face action over content published by users.

Aparat says on its website that uploaded videos should not violate moral and Islamic norms of the society.

It also says that users should avoid publishing videos that could cause “political tensions.”

Iran enforces tough online and offline censorship laws.

Tens of thousands of websites are banned in Iran, including YouTube.

Апостроф Как удачно скомбинировать юбку и свитер: 8 стильных и теплых луков на зиму/Модные идеи на каждый день. Апостроф Зима уже практически полностью вступила в свои права, а это значит, что многие барышни спрятали в шкаф короткие топы, модные в этом году велосипедки, легкие сарафаны и достали теплые свитера и юбки.
InternetUA iPhone 13 могут лишить зарядного разъема InternetUA Проверенный источник Джон Проссер, который первым сообщил о дате анонса iPhone SE, iPhone 12 и ноутбука MacBook Pro 13, вновь поделился некоторыми подробностями о грядущем устройстве американского производителя.
УНИАН «Очень тяжело» : Шевченко дал оценку техническому поражению для сборной Украины. УНИАН Наставник украинской сборной считает решение УЕФА нарушением фэйр-плей.
Обозреватель В Украине ввели день сотрудника финансового мониторинга: обращение главы службы. Обозреватель
Обозреватель В Харькове на рынке «Барабашово» вспыхнул масштабный пожар. Обозреватель Больше 20 павильонов сгорели полностью
Новини по темі

Iran’s president pins nuclear scientist death on Israel, vows revenge at ‘proper time’.

Iran's clerical and military rulers have threatened revenge for Friday's killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, which could further increase tensions in the Middle East region and beyond.

Iran's Rohani Accuses U.S., Israel In Killing Of Top Nuclear Scientist

Iranian President Hassan Rohani has accused Israel of acting as a "mercenary" for the United States in connection with the assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist near Tehran.

Killing Of Iranian Nuclear Scientist Risks Conflict, Complicates Diplomacy For Incoming Biden Administration.

Iran's top nuclear scientist was assassinated in an ambush near Tehran on November 27, in a brazen attack that threatens to escalate tensions between Iran and the United States and its close ally Israel.


Iran scientist linked to nuclear program killed: state media.

An Iranian scientist that Israel alleged led the Islamic Republic’s former military nuclear program was “assassinated” Friday, state television said.

Iranian Nuclear Scientist Dies In Hospital After Attack, State Media Reports.

Prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh died in hospital on November 27 after being injured in an armed attack, Iranian state media reported.

Lukashenka Says He Will Leave Post When New Constitution Is Adopted.

Embattled strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who has ruled Belarus for 26 years, has said he would leave his post after a new constitution had been adopted, Belarus's Belta news agency quoted him as saying.

COVID-19 In Belarus: Lukashenka Visits Ward, Shakes Hands Without Mask Or Gloves.

Safety protocols at a COVID-19 ward in Belarus were completely disregarded during a visit by Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who has faced months of protests against his rule following a disputed presidential election in August. Wearing neither gloves nor ...

Navalny Calls On EU To Target Russian Oligarchs With Sanctions.

Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny has called on the European Union to target the "bunch of criminals" surrounding President Vladimir Putin with sanctions.

Iranian Diplomat Goes On Trial In Belgium Over Bomb Plot.

An Iranian diplomat and three other Iranian nationals go on trial in Belgium on November 27, more than two years after European authorities broke up an alleged plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally outside Paris. 

Kazakh Party To Boycott January Parliamentary Elections.

The All-National Social Democratic Party of Kazakhstan(OSDP), which bills itself as an opposition group, has announced that it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections.