BAYAZAR (BAYAZAR) – An Iranian journalist has been arrested for publishing anti-government comments on Facebook, according to a statement released by the judiciary and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.In a statement, the judiciary announced the arrest of the blogger, Ghassan Saghir, on January 6, 2017, and sentenced him to 12 months in prison. The Ministry of Justice also announced the same on January 10, 2017. The statement said Saghin was arrested for “providing propaganda” and “insulting the state,” the latter referring to the Iranian government.In June 2016, Saghian had published an opinion piece on Facebook titled “Let’s not forget the truth, we’re all a bunch of idiots and we should all die of boredom,” which was posted on the Iranian blog and verified by the Ministry for Human Rights and Press Freedom (SHPRF). In it, Sakhian wrote that the Iranian nation should “die of boredom” and that the Islamic Republic would “never let any nation go down that path,” referring to its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The opinion piece also criticized the United States for its “weakness” and stated that the country would not allow the United Nations Security Council to “impose sanctions” on Iran, which it said would “undermine the nation’s national security.”Saghir was arrested in March 2016 after posting an opinion

on his Facebook page titled “Death to the US, America is a tool of international criminals.”

The blogger’s arrest comes amid ongoing political unrest in Iran, with the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) calling for protests against President Hassan Rouhani’s administration.

In March, Rouhani, who is currently in office, announced the formation of a new “Supreme Council of Resistance” (SCOR), which will oversee the government’s response to the protests.

The new SCOR is also expected to be headed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

In a statement issued in March, Khamenei said the new council would “implement a new policy of resistance against the American puppet regime, and will not accept any concessions that would lead to the defeat of the Islamic Revolution and the restoration of the Shah, the leader of the Iranian people.”

Rouhani has called on the people to “resign themselves” from the Iranian leadership and has vowed to continue with his campaign against the regime, despite the death of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in January 2017.

Khamenei has also reportedly urged the country’s leaders to “break the unity” of the country.

Saghin has previously worked as a reporter for a news outlet affiliated with the SNSC, and previously served as an editor at a news site associated with the SHPRF.

In the past, Sachin was a contributor to the online publication Tasnim News, which is currently shut down due to a sanctions dispute with Iran.

In an interview with the Fars News Agency, Sahlin said he has been working with the SCOR “for a long time” and was also a contributor at a website associated with another media outlet.

In his statement, Sghin said that he was trying to “bring a change” in the government, adding that he hoped the new SCO would be a “positive step.”

Sakhin’s arrest is not the first time the government has attempted to shut down the news media in Iran.

In January 2017, the government shut down a popular news site called Al-Alam News, citing a security threat from “foreign agents,” according to Al-Monitor.

Saghi, who was arrested by the SNCC in February, was later released after posting a video on his personal Facebook page.

Sakhi’s detention comes a day after the Supreme Leader, Ayatullah Sistani, issued a statement denouncing the media, saying the media is not a “party to any dispute, to the debate, to any problem,” and that its job is to “defend the religion, the nation, and the state.”