IRAN celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution's victory on Monday at a time of heightened tensions with the United States and a sharp economic downturn.
Ayatollah Amoli Larijani, the Chief of Iran's Judiciary Branch, penned a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei, asking his Eminence to reduce or pardon the sentences of aforementioned convicts who were deemed eligible for clemency.
Iranian authorities arrested, imprisoned, or executed at least 860 journalists in the three decades between the 1979 revolution and 2009, the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on February 7, citing leaked Iranian justice department documents.
"The very existence of this file and its millions of entries show not only the scale of the Iranian regime's mendacity for years when claiming that its jails were holding no political prisoners or journalists, but also the relentless machinations it used for 40 years to persecute men and women for their opinions or their reporting", RSF Secretary General Christophe Deloire said in a statement.
Deloire said his organization would refer the file to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in the hope further steps could be taken to hold Iran accountable.
One of the prominent journalists included in the file is Farj Sarkhohi, editor of a political magazine, who Tehran said disappeared en route to Germany in 1996.
The report Thursday did not say how many prisoners were released, but previous reports suggested it would apply to some 50,000 prisoners, the largest number ever covered in a single pardon.
It also said Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi died of injuries sustained as a result of being beaten at Tehran's Evin prison in 2003, after taking pictures of families waiting outside the facility.
Iran denied her killing, with an official report on her death failing to disclose the cause of death.
The report also claims that over 6,000 people were arrested for protesting against the re-election of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009, accused of "action against national security".
At a news conference in Paris attended by Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi, recipient of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, RSF said whistleblowers had passed on 1.7 million records detailing judicial proceedings against an array of citizens, including minorities, government opponents and journalists.
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