Magazine article New Internationalist

Freeing the Blogfather

Magazine article New Internationalist

Freeing the Blogfather

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Hossoin Derakhshan is known as 'The Blogfather'. In 2000, he moved to Canada from Iran. In 2005, he encouraged Farsi script to be uploaded onto blogs. Since then, over 30,000 people in Iran have been blogging about their dissent towards the Iranian government.

In 2008, having lessened his criticism of the Iranian government, he went back to Iran upon advice that it was safe.

Since then, Hossein (pictured right) has been sentenced to 19 years in jail and is being held in solitary confinement in Evin Prison, Iran. He may face the death penalty. The Iranian government is acting not only in contravention of international law, but contrary to Islamic principles, including the Holy Qur'an, which provides that rulers must judge with justice, and in consultation with the people,' says Shahla Kahn Salter, chair of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV).

MPV wrote a joint letter with France urging the Iranian government, specifically the Iranian Justice Minister, to free Derakhshan. 'The foreign ministers of Canada and France have spoken out to demand his release, and to date the Iranian government has ignored their requests,' said Salter. Amnesty International and PEN Canada have held letter-writing campaigns and also lobbied for his release. His situation has been covered by CBC, the Montreal Gazette, and websites who support him, including groups on social networking sites such as Facebook.

In December 201 0 he was released on bail for two days and then returned to prison. To keep updated on news of Derakhshan, go to freetheblogfather.org

industrial complex, historical marginalization in the name of national security, CSIS watch, blacklists and immigration. Events highlighted in history will be the G20 summit, the 1970s War Measures Act and military involvement during the Oka Crisis of the 1970s. From the Montreal-based People's Commission Network, a group based in Montreal. E-mail commissionpopulaire@gmail.com. peoplescommission.org/en/forum

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