Barbaric regime jails blogger for twenty years


by Rumbold
29th September, 2010 at 11:17 am    

A prominent blogger in Iran has been jailed for nineteen and a half years by the Iranian regime:

Readers of the Guardian’s news section may have seen that Hossein Derakhshan, the prominent Iranian blogger, has been jailed for 19 and a half years by a court in Tehran.

Derakhshan, who also has Canadian citizenship, was apparently convicted of “co-operation with hostile countries, spreading propaganda against the establishment, promoting counter-revolutionary groups, insulting Islamic thought and religious figures and managing obscene websites”.

This continues the trend for Iran’s regime in handing out vicious and/or lengthy punishments to people who cross it, migrants or women.


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  1. Kismet Hardy — on 29th September, 2010 at 3:56 pm  

    Can we read any of his blogs anywhere?

  2. BenSix — on 1st October, 2010 at 1:13 am  

    Kismet -

    The poor dude wrote some columns for the Guardian…

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/hosseinderakhshan

  3. Ben — on 2nd October, 2010 at 6:30 am  

    Derakhshan was punished for visiting Israel and reporting his impressions of the place. Had he not done so, he would likely be free today. I’m surprised that you omit these facts from your account.

  4. douglas clark — on 2nd October, 2010 at 7:27 am  

    Ben,

    Point. But is Derakhshan not entitled to his opinion?

  5. Mark T — on 2nd October, 2010 at 12:34 pm  

    Derakhshan was punished for visiting Israel and reporting his impressions of the place. Had he not done so, he would likely be free today.

    That is precisely the point. What kind of a country locks up someone for 20 years for honestly voicing an opinion?

  6. BenSix — on 2nd October, 2010 at 12:37 pm  

    Derakhshan was punished for visiting Israel and reporting his impressions of the place. Had he not done so, he would likely be free today. I’m surprised that you omit these facts from your account.

    Perhaps because it’s thunderingly irrelevant. It should be his right to visit, and report on, whichever country he wants.

  7. Kamal — on 2nd October, 2010 at 2:23 pm  

    How’s mordechi vanunu these days?

  8. douglas clark — on 2nd October, 2010 at 2:31 pm  

    Ben Six @ 6,

    Well, yes. Is that not what Rumbold had to say too? Albeit indirectly.

    Incidentally, I share your rage….

  9. BenSix — on 2nd October, 2010 at 3:21 pm  

    How’s mordechi vanunu these days?

    Perhaps he’s thinking, “Boy, that Derakshun guy’s conviction is just an unfair as mine“.

    Oh, and by the way, it was Mordechai Vananu.

  10. Ben — on 2nd October, 2010 at 9:16 pm  

    Mordechai Vanunu was punished, deservedly, for betraying Israeli nuclear secrets, secrets that are essential for the security and survival of Israel and its people. It is only Israel’s armed forces and their weapons that stand between Israel’s Jews and those who seek their destruction and annihilation.

    To equate Derakhshan with Vanunu is absurd. Derakhshan has never betrayed state secrets – he doesn’t know any. He merely showed friendliness towards Israel, a country that he correctly recognizes as a natural friend and ally of his own.

    The fact that Derakhshan visited Israel is one of the main reason the Khomeinists turned on him. It is not “thunderingly irrelevant”, as some uninformed commenters claim.

  11. BenSix — on 2nd October, 2010 at 10:27 pm  

    …secrets that are essential for the security and survival of Israel and its people…

    It was “essential” that their nuclear programme be kept a secret? Nonsense. I’d support a whistleblower from any nation – excepting, perhaps, one under an urgent and immediate existential threat, which, by the way, Israel isn’t – who took such an action.

    On a softer note, I meant it was “thunderingly irrelevant” to the morality of the case. As with Douglas and Mark T I thought you’d referenced it in defence of Iran’s courts. Clearly not, so my apologies.

  12. BenSix — on 2nd October, 2010 at 10:29 pm  

    Woah, italics overdose…

  13. Kamal — on 3rd October, 2010 at 12:18 am  

    Ah yes the old special rules for Israel argument

  14. salim — on 6th October, 2010 at 2:34 pm  

    Gideon Levy in NYC: Israel is ‘the only occupier in history that’s completely convinced of its own present ongoing victimhood’

    http://mondoweiss.net/2010/10/gideon-levy-in-nyc-israel-is-the-only-occupier-in-history-that%E2%80%99s-completely-convinced-of-its-own-present-ongoing-victimhood.html

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