Iranian courts have sentenced two bloggers to death for "spreading corruption," and government security forces have arrested four other journalists, in the lead-up to the nation's March elections.
"In the past two weeks, security forces have reportedly arrested four journalists," the U.S. State Department said in a statement,
"including Shahram Manouchehri, Sahamedin Bourghani, Parastoo
Dokouhaki, and Marzieh Rasouli, and Iranian courts confirmed death
sentences for bloggers Saeed Malekpour and Vahid Asghari, both of whom
were not accorded due process and now face imminent execution on charges
of 'spreading corruption.'"