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U.N. Committee on Information Rapporteur: Iran

The journalist Solmaz Ikdar has been sentenced to three years in prison for "insulting the Supreme Leader" and "propaganda against the state" based on content she posted on her Facebook page.
Source: Iran Human Rights, November 20, 2015

Mission of the Committee on Information: "...To promote the establishment of a new, more just and more effective world information and communication order intended to strengthen peace and international understanding and based on the free circulation and wider and better-balanced dissemination of information and to make recommendations thereon to the General Assembly." (Committee on Information website, "About the Committee")

Iran's Term of office: 1990 (P.2, Para 5) - current (Rapporteur 2011-2012, 2015-2017)

Iran's Record on Freedom of Information:
"Plainclothes officials often seized journalists and activists without warning, and government officials refused to acknowledge custody or provide information on them ... The law states that anyone who undertakes any form of propaganda against the state may be imprisoned for as long as one year; the law does not define "propaganda."... There were widespread reports that government agents entered, searched, and ransacked the homes and offices of reformist or opposition leaders, activists, political prisoners, journalists, and their families to intimidate them... the government...closed or prohibited opposition and reformist newspapers, intimidated and arrested journalists, and censored news. . Censorship and temporary closures for allegedly insulting the regime were also aimed at government- controlled print media...The government maintained a monopoly over all television and radio broadcasting facilities through the state agency, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. Radio and television programming, the principal source of news for many citizens (especially in rural areas where internet access was limited), reflected the government's political and socioreligious ideology...The government and its agents harassed, detained, abused, and prosecuted publishers, editors, and journalists, including those involved in internet-based media, for their reporting ... The government also harassed many journalists' families, and journalists in prison were often subjected to solitary confinement... at least 35 journalists were in detention at the time, and harassment, interrogation, and surveillance of other journalists reportedly continued... International NGOs reported that several citizen journalists were forced into exile during the year and that authorities continued to close publications for political reasons."
(U.S. State Department's Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2014, Iran)