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About Ahmad Batebi Ahmad Batebi (Persian: احمد باطبی) (born July 25, 1977 in Shiraz, Iran) is a human rights activist. During his studies at the University of Tehran he gained international fame for his appearance on the July 17, 1999 cover of The Economist magazine, holding up a shirt splattered with the blood of a fellow protester. The photo, which has been called "an icon for Iran's student reform movement", was taken during the Iranian Student Protests in July 1999 in Tehran. Following its publishing, Batebi was arrested, tried in closed-door proceedings, found guilty of "creating street unrest", and sentenced to death. This was reduced to 15 years after domestic and international outcry. Less well-known are persistent reports of torture and ill-treatment of Batebi in prison, and his resulting poor physical and mental health. While temporarily released from prison to receive medical attention, Batebi was assisted by the KDPI, to flee Iran for Iraq. He finally entered the United States on June 24, 2008 on Humanitarian Parole. He was then granted asylum status by the United States government.

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Iran Journalists Ranking

Rank Person Name Total
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14. Akbar Ganji 2512
14. Nikahang Kowsar 446
15. H. Shariatmadari 2489
15. Ahmad Bourghani 262
16. Mohammad Ghouchani 182
17. Masih Alinejad 100
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18. Hossein Derakhshan 105
20. Mashallah Shamsolva 50
22. Ahmad Batebi 37

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Rank Person Name Total
220. Fatih Altaylı 42
221. Hasan Pulur 42
222. Silvio Luiz 41
224. Ahmad Batebi 37
224. Murat Bardakçı 40
225. Erman Toroğlu 37
225. Reha Muhtar 38
225. Ekrem Dumanli 39
226. Paul Belien 37
226. Hasmet Babaoglu 39
227. Hıncal Uluç 37
228. Nayla Tueni 37