France reacts to execution of Iranian journalist

France reacts to execution of Iranian journalist

French Foreign Ministry reacted to the execution of Ruhollah Zam, head of Amad News, a news portal in the country.

The French ministry condemned the execution of the journalist, calling it a serious attack on freedom of speech in Iran. “This is a barbaric and unacceptable act, contrary to the international obligations of this country. France reiterates its continued opposition to the death penalty everywhere and in all circumstances,” it said.

The Iranian journalist was executed on December 12. A few days earlier, Iran’s Supreme Court upheld the June verdict.

Zam was detained in October 2019 by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. It was alleged that the intelligence agency had been tracking the journalist for years. According to them, he collaborated with foreign intelligence agencies and wanted to “lead the country into turmoil.” He was sentenced to death in June of this year.

In 2017-2018, Zam was active in covering protests in Iran, with France as his permanent residence. Iranian authorities repeatedly referred to Amad News as an anti-government resource.