EU hits out at Iranian sanctions on European politicians and media

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The European Union on Thursday branded as politically motivated a decision by the Iranian government to place sanctions on European politicians and media outlets including Radio France Internationale.

Iran targeted eight institutions including the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism as well as the International Committee in Search of Justice with visa bans and the seizure of property or assets.

The Persian versions of RFI and the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle were also on the list for allegedly supporting terrorist groups, inciting violence and provoking riots.

They were also accused of violence and terrorist acts in the country since a wave of protests erupted following the death last month of Mahsa Amini.


The 22-year-old died after being taken into custody by the morality police. Rallies and protests have left more than 200 people dead, according to rights monitoring groups.

"The European Union rejects the sanctions as they appear to be purely politically motivated," foreign affairs spokesman Peter Stano said.

"When you take the EU sanctions [on Iran], they are adopted on clear legal grounds, based on the evidence of human rights violations in Iran."

Ten days ago, the EU imposed sanctions against Iran's morality police and 11 officials including the telecommunications minister.


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