Iran / 2009

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Letter to Ahmadinejad: Release the hikers

December 2, 2009 2:30 PM ET

I hope Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad checked his fax machine this morning because he received an important letter urging the release of three American hikers held now for five months without charge. I joined 79 signatories from a dozen countries in signing the appeal because I am gravely concerned that the hikers...

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Maziar Bahari, Iran, and the impact of world pressure

November 23, 2009 8:45 AM ET

Maziar Bahari’s chilling account of his 118 days in an Iranian prison is the cover story of Newsweek this week. Bahari, a renowned journalist and documentary filmmaker, was arrested soon after the disputed June 12 elections. While in prison, he was subjected to psychological and physical abuse. His captors...

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A letter to the American hikers being held in Iran

November 16, 2009 5:00 PM ET

The families of Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd, the three hikers detained in Iran, said today they are concerned about their children’s emotional well-being after nearly four months in prison. They asked supporters to send letters, which they will seek to deliver to them in Evin Prison in...

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Toronto’s Citizen Lab uses forensics to fight online censors

November 2, 2009 3:29 PM ET

A basement in the gray, Gothic heart of the University of Toronto is home to the CSI of cyberspace. “We are doing free expression forensics,” says Ronald Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab, based at the Munk Centre for International Studies. Deibert and his team of academics and students investigate...

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Jailed journalist's wife hopes for release in time for birth

October 15, 2009 11:14 AM ET

On Monday, two weeks before her October 26 due date, Paola Gourley, the wife of jailed Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, at left, was rushed to the hospital after she suffered bleeding due to stress. From the London Metropolitan Hospital, her pleas for the release for her husband—who is nearing...

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In Iran, a blogging insurgency challenges regime

October 14, 2009 11:55 AM ET

I'm a cartoonist so even when writing a story or working as radio correspondent, I'm checking out the empty half of the glass. As blogger it's no different; my inner cartoonist lurks in the dark. I've followed the Iranian "Bloggistan" since day one, and started my Persian blog after learning...

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Helping the Hikers

August 7, 2009 11:59 AM ET

The notion that three American hikers could innocently wander across the border from Iraqi Kurdistan into Iran has elicited some understandable skepticism. But a statement from their friend who stayed behind in his hotel because he was ill helps explain how the situation unfolded. ...

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Petition for Maziar Bahari, held in Tehran

July 24, 2009 1:49 PM ET

CPJ will be collecting signatures until July 31 on a Facebook petition in support of Maziar Bahari, Newsweek's Tehran correspondent, who is being held without charge in Iran....

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Photos by Majid Saeedi, jailed in Iran

July 22, 2009 10:00 AM ET

Among the dozens of journalists detained in Iran is Majid Saeedi, a freelance photographer working for Getty Images. Jonathan Klein, the photo agency's co-founder and CEO, describes Saeedi as a "dedicated photojournalist" who was simply trying to document events in Iran. Below are examples of Saeedi's work, courtesy of Getty....

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Jailing the messengers in Iran

July 17, 2009 10:40 AM ET

My friend and colleague Iason Athanasiadis spent three weeks in an Iranian prison last month. In the ongoing roundups of journalists since the June 12 election, Iason has seen his own friends and colleagues thrown in jail, including Majid Saeedi, a freelance photographer for Getty Images. ...

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