Niloofar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi. REUTERS./

 – Two Iranian journalists who were jailed on charges related to Iran‘s 2022-2023 protests have been temporarily released, state media reported on Sunday.

An Iranian Revolutionary Court in October sentenced Niloofar Hamedi and Elaheh Mohammadi to 13 and 12 years in prison respectively for their coverage of the death in custody of Kurdish-Iranian Mahsa Amini which sparked nationwide protests.

“After 17 months in prison, the two journalists have been temporarily released after paying bail awaiting their appeal verdict and are banned from leaving the country,” state media said.

Amini’s death, while held by the morality police for allegedly violating Iran‘s strict dress code, tiggered months of mass anti-government protests, one of the boldest challenges to the country’s clerical leaders in decades.

(Reporting by Elwely Elwelly; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)