Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani Goes Free on World Press Freedom Day

Atena Farghadani with her mother, Saedeh Zeynali. From the Facebook page of journalist Atefeh Eghbal

Atena Farghadani with her mother, Saedeh Zeynali. Image: Facebook

The Iranian activist and cartoonist Atena Farghadani has been released from Evin Prison. On April 26, Global Voices reported that her sentence had been reduced from 12 years to 18 months. On World Press Freedom Day, May 3, she was released.

The cartoonist's May 3 release was a popular subject on social media throughout Iran and the international human rights community, including this tweet by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran:

Atena Faraghdani has been freed.

Persian readers can find out more here: آتنا فرقدانی از زندان اوین آزاد شد+تصویر

For past coverage on Global Voices of Atena Farghadani's case:

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