The Iranian scholar is the winner of DW's 2018 Freedom of Speech award. Zibakalam criticized the Iranian government over protests there in 2017. A look at his challenge to those in power.
Criticism of the decision to give Iranian political scientist Sadegh Zibakalam DW's 2018 Freedom of Speech Award is unfounded, Greens politician Omid Nouripour said. The Iranian may face prison for speaking his mind.
Iranian political scientist Sadegh Zibakalam faces prison for remarks he made in a DW interview. The German broadcaster has decided to honor his courageous criticism of the Iranian government with an award.
Demonstrators have protested against DW honoring Iranian political scientist Sadegh Zibakalam with its "Freedom of Speech Award," arguing that he is too close to the regime. Zibakalam rejects that allegation.
An Iranian court has sentenced Sadegh Zibakalam to 18 months in prison. The prominent political analyst is accused of "spreading lies and propaganda against the Islamic Republic" in an interview he gave to DW.
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