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Iran's Preferred Method: Psychological Torture

The case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.

1:21 PM, Nov 4, 2010 • By MICHAEL WEISS
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On September 15, she or a woman posing as her once more appeared Iranian state television to disclaim being tortured or lashed as a result of the Times photo.

Whatever happens to Ashtiani, one can only guess at the psychological torture she and her family have endured because their government takes sadistic joy in treating capriciously the matter of whether she lives or dies. 

Michael Weiss is the executive director of Just Journalism, a London-based think tank that monitors the British media's coverage of Israel and the Middle East.

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