Concern over health of jailed Iranian journalist

Sam Mahmoodi Sarayi, the book review editor at Shargh newspaper, is reportedly in grave physical and mental condition in Evin Prison.

The journalist, who suffers from chronic migraine and gastric complications, is being subjected to severe pressure in prison, sources tell Zamaneh.

Mahmoodi was arrested on March 1, and his condition is deteriorating because he needs to follow a restrictive diet and medication regime. He has been denied any family visits, speaking to them only by phone.

Mahmoodi is held in the quarantine section of Evin Prison and fears a harsh sentence.

The charges against him are propaganda against the regime and insulting the leader, as well as writing the song “I Confess…” and possessing a copy of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses.

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