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In Support of Hossein Derakhshan

Statement by Iranian Bloggers on Hossein Derakhshan

A group of Iranian bloggers have made a public statement regarding the arrest of Hossein Derakhshan. The statement, originally posted at eyeranian.net, also appeared on MR Zine, and reads:

We, the undersigned, view the circumstances surrounding the Iranian authorities’ arrest of Hossein Derakhshan aka Hoder, one of the most prominent Iranian bloggers, as extremely worrying. Derakhshan’s disappearance, detention at an unknown location, lack of access to his family and attorneys, and the authorities’ failure to provide clear information about his potential charges is a source of concern for us.

The Iranian blogging community is one of the largest and most vibrant in the world. From ordinary citizens to the President, a diverse and large number of Iranians are engaged in blogging. These bloggers encompass a wide spectrum of views and perspectives, and they play a vital role in open discussions of social, cultural and political affairs.

Unfortunately, in recent years, numerous websites and blogs have been routinely blocked by the authorities, and some bloggers have been harassed or detained. Derakhshan’s detention is but the latest episode in this ongoing saga and is being viewed as an attempt to silence and intimidate the blogging community as a whole.

Derakhshan’s own position regarding a number of prisoners of conscience in Iran has been a source of contention among the blogging community and has caused many to distance themselves from him. This, however, doesn’t change the fact that the freedom of expression is sacred for all not just the ones with whom we agree.

We therefore categorically condemn the circumstances surrounding Derakhshan’s arrest and detention and demand his immediate release.

Signed, in alphabetical order:

Arash Abadpour

Niki Akhavan

Hossein Bagher Zadeh

Sanam Dolatshahi

Mehdi Jami

Jahanshah Javid

Abdee Kalantari

Sheema Kalbasi

Nazli Kamvari

Nazy Kaviani

Peyvand Khorsandi

Nikahang Kowsar

Omid Memarian

Pedram Moallemian

Ali Moayedian

Ebrahim Nabavi

Masoome Naseri

Shahrnush Parsipur

Khodadad Rezakhani

Leva Zand

(View the original for links to the signatories’ blogs).

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December 24, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

4 Comments »

  1. Amazing… I hope that this statement helps.

    Comment by Sickboy | December 28, 2008 | Reply

  2. Lets send Emails and comments for Hossein,I think he has so called technical interviews in jail,They are investigating in his Email and maybe comments.It is possible that he has access to internet.
    If we write supportive Emails and comments,that will help him.

    Comment by Behdad bordbar | December 28, 2008 | Reply

  3. Let me know where to send them and I will…
    Also if any Canadians check this out, please write to your MP and to the Canadian embassy in Tehran. Hossein is a Canadian citizen and his freedom should be something the government here lobbies for.

    Comment by Sickboy | December 29, 2008 | Reply

  4. As per Sickboy’s comment, below is the Canadian embassy’s contact information in Tehran.

    http://www.international.gc.ca/missions/iran/offices-bureaux/menu-eng.asp

    Street Address
    57 Shahid Sarafraz Street
    Ostad Motahari Avenue
    Tehran, 15868, Iran

    Postal Address
    P.O. Box 11155-4647
    Tehran, 15868, Iran

    Tel.: 98 (21) 8152-0000
    Fax: 98 (21) 8873-3200
    Email: teran@international.gc.ca

    List of MPs can be found here: http://webinfo.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/MainMPsCompleteList.aspx?TimePeriod=Current&Language=E

    Comment by Romi | December 30, 2008 | Reply


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