Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr has been sentenced to one year in prison and 90 lashes for acting in a film about the limits imposed on artists in the Islamic Republic of Iran, reported an Iranian opposition website Kalameh.com.
Ironically, her sentence makes Vafamehr's life parallel that of the character in her film. Her arrest has angered opposition groups and activists, who believe that censorship and intolerance in Iran has reached a dangerous level, reports the International Business Times.
Vafamehr was arrested for appearing in "My Tehran for sale," a movie about a young actress in Tehran who is banned from performing in the theater by authorities. She then leads a secret life so that she can express herself artistically. The movie came under harsh criticism in Iran's conservative circles, according to the AFP.
The movie, which was not approved for screening in Iran, was being distributed illegally within the country.
The Islamic Republic monitors and controls most media in the country. In 2007, Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi warned that censorship in Iran was escalating, explaining that the government does not want the domestic affairs inside the countries to be "reflected in the outside world."