DEFENDING FREEDOM OF PRESS
Saeedeh Fathabadi (Fathi) was imprisoned, interrogated and beaten for writing this article and submitting it in English for the AIPS Sport Media Awards. Agents pressured Shahrara news agency to remove the article from the site until it was deleted. Upon her release, she had to flee from Iran and is now in Austria seeking for asylum, while her family is still threatened. Her case is a testimony of the suffering of many independent reporters in Iran, some of them still in prison.