07 December 2016

Instagram models incarcerated in Iran

Iran has jailed 12 fashion bloggers and social media models for up to six years for spreading a "Western-style culture of nudity" designed to corrupt Muslims.

Lawyer Mahmoud Taravat says his clients - eight women and four men, none of which have been named - received a jail sentence between five months and six years on Monday in a Shiraz court.

Charges include "encouraging prostitution" and "promoting corruption" by publishing "obscene" images that spread a "western-style culture of nudity" designed to corrupt Muslims, according to Iranian news agency Ilna.

Some of Mr Taravat's clients have also been banned from travelling overseas or working in journalism, the civil service, fashion and photography for two years following their release from jail. [9news] Read more