Censorship and power In Iran

Film screening & discussion with Jon Stewart

New York, April 26, 2013–As Iran nears elections in June, the government has renewed its assault on the local press with arrests, prosecutions, and harassment, according to research by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

To shed light on the state of censorship in Iran and its repercussions, CPJ, in partnership with the PEN American Center and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, is presenting a special screening of “Forced Confessions,” a film by Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari who has also been subjected to a coerced confession. The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by political satirist Jon Stewart, with a focus on the political, social, and personal implications of criminalizing the press, along with worrying trends under new governments in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya.

Iran has maintained a revolving-door policy for imprisoning journalists, freeing some detainees on furloughs even as new arrests are made. In its December 2012 prison census, CPJ found that Iran was the world’s second-worst jailer of journalists, with 45 journalists imprisoned in reprisal for their work. The threat of imprisonment has led scores of Iranian journalists to flee into exile in recent years.


Maziar Bahari, Journalist and Filmmaker

Joel Simon, Committee to Protect Journalists


In conversation with

Jon Stewart, Political Satirist


May 8, 2013

7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $25

Purchase here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9783595

Bonus: Ticket holders will receive a personal copy of CPJ’s annual publication Attacks on the Press


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