21 Dec 2010

FERA strongly condemns the sentencing of Iranian Film director Jafar Panahi to 6 years in prison and a 20-year ban on making films, writing scripts, travelling abroad and giving interviews.

This disgraceful attempt at silencing a fellow film director is a blatant violation of fundamental human rights and speaks to the oppressive nature of the current Iranian regime. Freedom of expression and debate are core values of every enlightened society and should be welcomed by any political leadership that claims to represent its people.

FERA equally protests the sentencing of filmmaker Muhammad Rasoulof to 6 years in prison.

FERA calls for the immediate overturn of these outrageous convictions of Iranian filmmakers, whose only crime is to be brave enough to make films that resonate with the rest of the world in their honest portrayal of our shared humanity.

Download full press release here: FERA Press Release Panahi sentence