By John Lee.
Iran has risen four places in the World Press Freedom Index for 2017, but is still ranked just 165th out of 180 countries.
Reporters Without Borders (RWB, RSF), which publishes the annual study, said:
“Media freedom was one of the key demands of the revolution that toppled the Shah and swept Ayatollah Khomeiny to power in 1979, but it is a promise that has never been kept.
“The media are mostly under the Islamic regime’s close control and there has been no let-up in the persecution of independent journalists, citizen journalists, and media outlets. Media personnel are still constantly exposed to intimidation, arbitrary arrest, and long jail sentences imposed by revolutionary courts at the end of unfair trials.
“Despite an improvement in its international relations, Iran continues to be one of the world’s five biggest prisons for media personnel.“
(Source: Reporters Without Borders)