Via The Guardian:
Eight people, including an Iranian-born British woman, have been jailed in Iranon charges including blasphemy and insulting the country’s supreme leader on Facebook.
The opposition website Kaleme reported that two of the eight… each received 20 years in prison and the remaining six…vbetween seven and 19 years.
They were variously found guilty of blasphemy, propaganda against the ruling system, spreading lies and insulting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
FJP: There seems to be some push and pull between President Hassan Rouhani and the country’s ruling conservatives. As The Guardian reports:
There is a growing row between President Hassan Rouhani’s administration, which favours internet freedom, and hardliners wary of relaxing online censorship. Last week, Iran’s national TV paraded six young Iranians arrested for performing a version of Pharrell William’s hit song Happy and posting a video of it on the internet. The arrests caused global outrage and prompted Rouhani to react in their support. The performers were soon released, but the video’s director, Sassan Soleimani, remains in jail…
…In recent weeks Rouhani has stepped up his rhetoric in support of internet freedom. “The era of the one-sided pulpit is over,” he said recently at a conference in Tehran, endorsing social networks and asking his communications minister to improve bandwidth in the country.