Friday, November 21, 2008

Iran: blogfather

Wellknown Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan (Hoder) is arrested in Tehran.
After having lived in Canada and London he came to Tehran to live in Iran again.
His last blog is dated October 6.
Reports say he is arrested on charges of espionage.
GlobalVoicesOnline wrote in an update that IRNA reported (fa) November 17th, that Derakhshan has said in a statement that many of the people who fled Iran are living in the worst conditions, are addicted to tranquilizers and some tried to commit suicide.
He also said that people were paid to write on anti-Iranian websites.
Blogger Nart Villeneuve asks if you believe in freedom of expression and human rights — even if you disagree with Hossein’s opinions — support calls for his release.
Derakhshan is a fighter for freedom of expression and is seen as the blogfather of Iran, but in the last year he was strongly criticised because of his concern over western efforts to demonize Iran. He believes the reform debate should continue, but internally. He is an outspoken opponent of military action against Iran and supports Iranian nuclear weapons for defensive purposes.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

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