A court in Iran has decided to jail eight young people for posting anti-government sentiments on Facebook, AFP reports. The youths were given a 127-year sentence collectively.
According to AFP, the accused were jailed for “acting against national security, anti-regime propaganda and insulting religious values and Iranian leaders.” They were each given sentences of between 10-20 years.
In May, eight people were jailed for similar offenses and given 7-20 years in prison. The Iranian government routinely blocks access to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Moderate President Hassan Rouhani has attempted to ease restrictions on the media but has been met with resistance from hard-line conservatives within Iran’s government.
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