Human rights violations:
As head of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), he is responsible for all programming decisions. IRIB has broadcast forced confessions of detainees and a series of “show trials” in August 2009 and December 2011. These constitute a clear violation of international provisions on fair trial and the right to due process.
on 23 March 2012, the European Union published the names of 17 officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran including Zarghami, Ezatollah whom the E.U. asserts are “responsible for serious human rights violations” and is thus subjecting to travel bans and asset freezes.