Niloofar Hamedi, an Iranian journalist specializing in women’s rights, got away with hard-hitting stories for years – until the day she took a photograph of Mahsa Amini’s parents hugging each other in a Tehran hospital where their daughter was lying in a coma.
The photo, which Hamedi posted on Twitter on Sept. 16, was the first sign to the world that all was not well with 22-year-old Amini, who had been detained three days earlier by Iran’s morality police for what they deemed inappropriate dress.
Amini’s death later that day would unleash a wave of mass protests across Iran that were still persisting nearly three weeks later in different parts of the country, despite a government crackdown.
The photo of Amini’s parents was also one of the last things Hamedi, who worked for the pro-reform Sharq daily, would post before she was arrested some days later and her Twitter account listed as suspended.
“This morning, intelligence agents raided my client Niloofar Hamedi