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Actress in Oscar-winning Iranian film arrested for ‘spreading falsehoods’

State media reported that one of Iran’s most prominent actresses was arrested and accused of spreading falsehoods.

Taraneh Alidoosti (star of the Oscar-winning movie The Salesman) was arrested a week after posting an Instagram post about the first man executed in protests across the country.

The star, 38 years old, wrote that his name was Mohsen Shakari. It is disgraceful that any international organization is watching the bloodshed and failing to take action.

According to IRNA (official news agency of Islamic Republic), she was detained after she failed to produce “any documents consistent with her claims”.


Her Instagram account, with more than 8 million followers, was suspended.

Image: Taraneh Alidoosti during the Leila’s Brothers premier in Cannes, May. Pic: AP

Demonstrations broke out in Iran after the murder of 22-year old Mahsa who was taken into police custody for not wearing her headscarf.

Since 1979, the protests have been a serious challenge to the Iranian regime.

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After being accused of blocking a street in Tehran, and then attacking a member the country’s security force with a machete, Mr Shekari was executed on 9 December .

In connection with the protests, Iran executed Majidreza Rahnavard last week.

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Iranian authorities claim Rahnavard attacked two members of its paramilitary force.

Alidoosti uploaded a November photo of herself holding a sign reading “Woman” and without a headcarf. Life. Freedom.” Kurdish – A rallying cry for female protestors.

She boycotted 2016 Oscar ceremony because of former US President Donald Trump’s decision not to allow travel to certain Middle Eastern countries including Iran.


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