December 3, 2023

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"Biased, Political": Iran Slams Its Jailed Activist Nobel Peace Prize Win

'Biased, Political': Iran Slams Its Jailed Activist Nobel Peace Prize Win

Iranian jailed rights campaigner Narges Mohammadi won the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize.

Tehran: Media in Iran on Friday lambasted jailed rights campaigner Narges Mohammadi who won the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize, saying she had “collaborated with terrorist groups” and committed “anti-Iranian activities”.

The 51-year-old journalist and activist has spent much of the past two decades on multiple charges, including spreading anti-state propaganda and committing acts against national security.

Most recently, she has been incarcerated since November 2021.

Foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani called the move to award Mohammadi the Peace Prize “biased and political”.

Iranian media also lashed out at both her and the award.

The official IRNA news agency criticised the Nobel Committee for awarding “a woman who collaborated with terrorist groups” and who is “unknown in her own country, particularly among Iranian women”.

It said awarding Mohammadi the Peace Prize was an “interventionist act” meant to “politicise the concept of human rights”.

Tasnim news agency called her a “security convict” who committed “subversive” activities, and said the Nobel Peace Prize had a history of being handed to “criminals”.

Mehr published a column by ultraconservative analyst Mohammad Imani lambasting the award.

Western governments “pay one person the equivalent of a million euros and set a trap for thousands of mercenaries ready to betray their country,” he said.

Mohammadi had expressed support for the protest movement which rocked Iran following the September 16, 2022, death in police custody of Mahsa Amini.

Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, had been arrested for allegedly violating the Islamic republic’s strict dress code for women.

Her death triggered months-long demonstrations which the authorities in Iran labelled as “riots” fomented by foreign governments.

Reformist media outlets published the news about Mohammadi being awarded the prize, but without passing comment.

Several Iranian actresses detained in 2022 for supporting the protest movement congratulated Mohammadi.

Katayoun Riahi, who was arrested last November and released after more than a week, on Instagram welcomed the Nobel Prize awarded to “our honour who is in prison”.

Also on Instagram, prominent actress Taraneh Alidoosti, who was arrested in January before her release three weeks later, posted: “Freedom will come with you, dear Narges, because a woman like you has no place in prison.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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