Sina Dehghan, a 21-year-old man, was sentenced in Iran to demise over criticizing Islam on an app. He was arrested by safety forces on October 21, 2015, at a navy barracks in Tehran. Dehghan was charged below article 262 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code for ‘insulting the prophet’ of Islam; a legal cost which is punishable by demise.
Dehghan was convicted on the Penal Court of town of Arak over important feedback he had made in opposition to Islam and the Quran on the LINE on the spot messaging utility.
LINE had announced in late 2015 that it added an end-to-end encryption to its cell messaging app; subsequently it’s unclear how Dehghan’s messages have reached the possession of the Iranian police. In 2016, Iranian authorities pressured the moment messaging app Telegram ‘to cooperate in censorship or face blocking’. The firm was given one 12 months to adjust to the Supreme Council on Cyberspace’s demand to retailer knowledge on Iranian customers inside the nation.
An knowledgeable supply informed the Center of Human rights in Iran:
“During his interrogation, Sina was told that if he signed a confession and repented, he would be pardoned and let go. Unfortunately, he… accepted the charges. Then they sentenced him to death. Later he admitted that he signed the confession hoping to get freed”
Dehghan sought a judicial assessment of the demise sentence. Despite the truth that his confession was extracted from him below duress, on January 2017 the Supreme Court of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the very best judicial authority within the nation, upheld the execution sentence.
According to the Freedom House’s 2016 Freedom of the Net report, Iran is marked as ‘Not Free’. Social media platforms are being blocked, political and social content material is being censored and bloggers are being arrested for expressing their opinions on-line. The press freedom within the state can be marked as not free.
Among the arrested bloggers, famous the Cartoonist Hadi Heidari who was held behind bars for eight months for posting a cartoon on Facebook sympathising with the French following the November 2015 terrorist assaults in Paris.