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Iranian bloggers demand release of the "blogfather"


Hossein Derakhshan

We, the undersigned, view the circumstances surrounding the Iranian authorities' arrest of Hossein Derakhshan (hoder.com), 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.



 

Iranian-Canadian Blogger Hossein Derakhshan Held Incommunicado in Tehran
Source: Amnesty International

Blogger Hossein Derakhshan was arrested at his family home in Tehran on 1 November. Denied access to his family and to legal representation, no one knows where Hossein Derakhshan is held. Although he has been allowed to make four telephone calls to his home, each lasting around one minute, the last was in late November. He may face torture or other ill-treatment while held incommunicado.


Nobel laureate urges Iran to release "Blogfather"

LONDON (Reuters) - Iranian Nobel peace prize winner Shirin Ebadi called on Monday for the release of a pioneering Iranian blogger, who is reported to have been arrested on suspicion of spying for Israel.
 

Signatories:

Arash Abadpour
http://kamangir.net/

Mohammad Afrasiabi
http://amoo-arvand.blogspot.com/

Nazanin Afshin-Jam
http://www.nazanin.ca/

Niki Akhavan
http://benevis-dige.blogspot.com/

Pouya Alagheband
http://fromvan.persianblog.ir/

Asdollah Alimohammadi
http://www.mebaily.com/

Youness Alvandi
http://www.younessa.com/

Anahita Aloocheh Khanoom
http://aloochehkhanoom.blogspot.com/

Mehrdad Aref-Adib
http://www.aref-adib.com

Bahare
http://2khtarekhorshid.com/

Hossein Bagher Zadeh
http://www.iranian.com/main/blog/hossein-bagher-zadeh

Bahram
http://letrepersan.wordpress.com/

Banadfsheh
http://banafsheh192.blogfa.com/

Qumars Bolourchian
http://www.iranian.com/main/blog/q

Taha Bazri
http://www.bazri.com/

Mani Behrouz
http://mpahlavi.blogspot.com/

Behdad Borbdar
http://parakandeham.blogspot.com/

Deserter
http://deserter.wordpress.com/

Sanam Dolatshahi
http://www.khorshidkhanoom.com/

Mohammad Ali Entezari
http://kallesangi.blogspot.com/

David Etebari
http://peyvast.blog.com/

Fereshteh Ghazi
http://www.fereshteh.blogfa.com/

Armin Gilehmard
http://gilehmard.blogspot.com/

Farhad Heyrani
http://farhadheyrani.blogspot.com/

Bamdad Irani
http://bamdadi.com/

IranWrites
http://www.iranian.com/main/blog/iranwrites

Mehdi Jami
http://sibestaan.malakut.org/

Jahanshah Javid
http://www.iranian.com/main/blog/jahanshah-javid

Navid K
http://www.livebee.wordpress.com/

Sohrab Kabuli
http://www.kabuli.org/

Darius Kadivar
http://www.iranian.com/main/blog/darius-kadivar

Abdee Kalantari
http://www.nilgoon.org

Sheema Kalbasi
http://www.zaneirani.blogspot.com/

Mohammad Ali Kallesangi
http://kallesangi.blogspot.com/

Nazli Kamvari
http://sibiltala.blogspot.com/

Nazy Kaviani
http://nazykaviani.blogspot.com/

Haji Kensington
http://www.mibibi.com/

Yaser Kerachian
http://vahid.blogspot.com

Naz Khatoun
http://www.nazkhatoun.com/

Mani Khorsandi
http://gapvgoft.blogspot.com/

Peyvand Khorsandi
http://soulbean.wordpress.com/

Foaad Khosmood
http://www.iranian.com/main/blog/foaad-khosmood

Nikahang Kowsar
http://nikahang.blogspot.com/

Mardetanha
http://mardetanha.blogspot.com/

Marjaneh
http://marjaneh.blogsky.com/

Abbas Maroufi
http://maroufi.malakut.org/

Mehran Mehrafshan
http://xseer.com/

Omid Memarian
http://omidmemarian.blogspot.com/

Seraj Mirdamadi
http://www.roozneveshtha.com/

Pedram Moallemian
http://www.eyeranian.net/

Ali Moayedian
http://payvand.com/

Farhad Mortaz
http://www.fmortaz.blogspot.com

Mostafa
http://cafenaderi.wordpress.com/

Motevalled
http://www.motevalled.blogspot.com/

Ebrahim Nabavi
http://www.doomdam.com/

Babak Nabizadeh
http://cloudy.blogsky.com/

Hadi Naseri
http://hadinaseri.blogfa.com/

Masoome Naseri
http://www.mimnoon.com/

Niloofar
http://www.sunisblind.blogspot.com/

Partow Nooriala
http://noorialapartow.blogfa.com/

Kaveh Nouraee
http://www.iranian.com/main/blog/kaveh-nouraee

Zainolabedin Nourani
http://nourani.blogfa.com/

Niloufar Parsi
http://www.iranian.com/main/blog/niloufar-parsi

Shahrnush Parsipur
http://www.shahrnushparsipur.com/

Farhad Radmehrian
http://www.iranian.com/main/blog/farrad02

Ahmad Rafat
http://rafat.malakut.org/

Fati Raja
http://www.fatiraja.blogspot.com

Shadi Ramez
http://measer-pear.blogspot.com/

Paris Rezaie
http://www.excounty.blogspot.com

Khodadad Rezakhani
http://www.vishistorica.com/

Arash Royayee
http://www.dreamlandblog.com/

Farnaz Seifi
http://farnaaz.org/

Cyrus Shahidi
http://andishehblog.wordpress.com/

Sahand Shams
http://www.sahandshams.blogspot.com/

Ari Siletz
http://arisiletz.com/

Zan Zamini
http://zamin4.blogfa.com/

Leva Zand
http://balootak.com/

Zeitoon
http://z8un.com/

Sameddin Ziaee
http://sameddin-ziaee.blogspot.com/

Majid Zohari
http://www.majidzohari.com/

 

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