The non-objective coverage of the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari is based on the presumption that women are not human and are incapable of lying.

The use of the quotation marks around 'trying to rape her' in the following headline is just a poor attempt to maintain the facade of journalistic impartiality. A proper headline would be something like "Iran: Woman Executed for Murder. Self-Defence Claim Rejected".

Iran executes 26-year-old woman for killing a man who was ‘trying to rape her’

Oliver Wheaton for Metro.co.uk, 25 Oct 2014

Iran has executed a woman who killed a man she claims was trying to rape her.

Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, had her death sentence carried out this morning after a court convicted her of murder in 2009.

Amnesty International described her death as a ‘travesty’.

Ms Jabbari was charged with stabbing the man in the back in 2007, however she maintains that she was defending herself from his sexual advances.

The case received world-wide media attention, and a petition asking for her release received 240,000 signatures, however it was not enough to persuade the Iranian authorities.

Ms Jabbari’s mother Shole Pakravan told the BBC she was allowed to visit her daughter’s body after she was hanged in a Tehran prison.

Amnesty International reported Ms Jabbari’s claims that while she did stab Abdolali Sarbandi in the back as he attacked her, another man delivered the killer blow.

The human rights organisation say these claims were never properly investigated.

Raha Bahreini, Amnesty’s researcher on Iran, told The Independent: ‘Reyhaneh’s execution is a tragic moment for many people in Iran and for the members of the international community hoping for different outcome.

‘Her case personifies the outrage of many in Iran and across the globe over the use of the death penalty, which is a despicable, cruel and inhumane punishment.’

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