Iranian actress reportedly released from prison

Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr in a scene from the 2009 Australian film, “My Tehran for Sale.” (Photo via

Earlier this month I told you about Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr, who was sentenced to 90 lashes and one year in prison for her role in a 2009 Australian film in which she appears unveiled and with her head shaven.

According to Amnesty International, Vafamehr has been released from prison.

However, three documentary directors – Hadi Afarideh, Naser Saffarian and Mohsen Shahrnazdar – remain in detention after their arrest on September 17.

“While the release of Marzieh Vafamehr is a welcome development, it is deeply worrying that three filmmakers are still being held in Tehran’s Evin Prison. Their continued detention illustrates the Iranian authorities’ desperate efforts to stifle any form of dissent,” Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui said in a statement released on the organization’s website.

“These people have done nothing except sell their documentaries to a foreign broadcaster or make a film about a banned director. They should be released immediately and unconditionally,” he added.

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