Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Freelance Iranian Reporter
Hijri 1390-Present (AH); Common Era 1970-Present (CE)
Jila Baniyaghoob is a freelance reporter, working in Iran. As a journalist, Baniyaghoob faces numerous ramifications for her reporting and has been arrested, beaten, and imprisoned on numerous occasions. Baniyaghoob began to pursue journalism at the daily newspaper Hamshahri as a journalism student at the University of Allameh Tabatabayi. Beginning from there, she has worked for various newspapers and has been threatened or fired many times for her reporting on government and social oppression, particularly on how they affect women. While working for Sarmayeh newspaper, Baniyaghoob started a section on women's economy, which incorporated interviews with experts on the gender issues of economics. However, the section was canceled in 2008. From 2001-2002, Baniyaghoob travelled throughout the Middle East, including Afghanistan, Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria. She has written about women and refugees she encountered, covering issues like social and legal discrimination. She is a founding member of the One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality, which seeks to alter the discriminatory laws against women in Iran. Baniyaghoob has also published a book, Journalists in Iran, which related the hardships experienced by Iranian journalists, particularly women. The book includes stories of some of her own experiences. She is also working on a new book, Women in the Unit 209 of Evin, which is founded on her firsthand observations during her own incarceration of women prisoners in Evin Prison in Tehran. Baniyaghoob plans to have the book published outside of Iran.