Jailed journalist couple denied visit
Iranian prison authorities have not allowed Jila Bani-Yaghoub and her husband Bahman Ahmadi Amouyi visit each other in four months.
Kaleme opposition website reports that despite repeated attempts by the family, the judiciary has refused to allow the two jailed journalists to meet.
Ahmadi Amouyi is currently in Karaj’s Rejaishahr Prison while Bani-Yaghoub is in Evin Prison. Ahmadi Amouyi has not been given a furlough in 32 months.
Bahman Ahmadi Amouyi is a prominent Iranian journalist with a history of collaboration with top reformist newspapers in the country. He was arrested after the 2009 elections in the government crackdown on election protesters. He was arrested with his wife Jila Bani-Yaghoub in June of 2009 and was sentenced to five years in jail.
Jila Bani-Yaghoub is serving a one-year jail term and has been banned from journalism for 30 years. She was released on bail and began her prison term in September of 2012.
Bani-Yaghoub, also a prominent Iranian journalist, has won numerous international journalism awards.
Following the election protests of 2009, numerous journalists were accused of propaganda against the regime and given long jail terms by the Islamic Republic judiciary.