Mohammad Sadegh Kabovand, the editor of Payam-e mardom-e Kurdestan (a weekly that was closed down in 2004) was arrested on 1 July by intelligence ministry agents, who searched his home and seized personal files, his computer hard disk and CD-ROMs. He was immediately taken to Evin prison.
Kabovand was sentenced on 18 August 2005 to eleven years in prison and a five-year ban on working as a journalist for “upsetting public opinion and spreading separatist ideas.” The sentence was reduced on appeal to a year in prison, which he never served. He founded a Kurdistan human rights organisation last year along with other journalists. Access to its website (www.insaniyet.com) has been blocked several times.