The Foreign Ministry expressed Iran’s protest to the two ambassadors over criticism by France and the EU over the execution on Saturday of dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam, who was based in Paris before being captured in Iraq and taken to Iran.
Zam was convicted of instigating violence during anti-government protests in 2017. His feed Amadnews had more than one million followers.
The EU said in a statement after his execution: “The European Union condemns this act in the strongest terms and once again recalls its irrevocable opposition to the use of the death penalty in all circumstances”.
The French Foreign Ministry described this execution as “a barbaric and unacceptable act”, declaring in a statement: “condemns in the strongest terms this serious violation of freedom of expression and freedom of the press in Iran “.
Amnesty International and the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) press group also condemned the execution.
Iranian officials accused the United States, along with Saudi Arabia, regional rival Tehran, Saudi Arabia and opponents of the government living in exile, of fueling the unrest that began in late 2017. as regional protests against economic hardship spread nationwide.
Officials said 21 people were killed during the unrest and thousands were arrested. The unrest was among the worst Iran has seen in decades and was followed by even more deadly protests last year against rising fuel prices.
(Editing by Frances Kerry and Gareth Jones)