Dec

09

Iranian blogging pioneer temporarily released from prison

I just filed this latest update to the ongoing Hoder saga. Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan was temporarily released from a Tehran prison, after having been incarcerated for 26 months, according to a report Thursday on Mashregh News, a conservative Iranian news website. The site was among the first to report Derakhshan’s conviction at the end […]

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Oct

20

Joint French-Canadian statement in support of Hossein Derakhshan

Joint Declaration by Canada and France (No. 341 – October 20, 2010 – 1:15 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, and Bernard Kouchner (pictured), Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of France, made the following statement today concerning Canadian-Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan, who is detained in Iran. Mr. Derakhshan […]

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Sep

30

UK Minister for Europe David Lidington speaks out for Hossein Derakhshan

As per the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s website, David Lidington has spoken out against the arrest of Hossein Derakhshan.

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Sep

30

My audio portrait of Hossein Derakhshan (Nov. 2009)

Over all that’s been going on with Hossein Derakhshan lately, I thought I would repost this audio portrait that I did of him for the MediaShift website back in November 2009. You can listen to it here (it’s around 19 minutes long): [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

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Sep

28

Canadian FM Lawrence Cannon on Hossein Derakhshan’s jail sentence

I emailed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa and received this statement back from Melissa Lantsman, on behalf of Canada’s Foreign Minister, Lawrence Cannon. “We are deeply concerned about the news of this severe sentence. Our officials continue to seek confirmation of these reports from Tehran. If true, this is completely unacceptable and unjustifiable. […]

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Sep

28

Hossein Derakhshan sentenced to 19.5 years in prison

A conservative Persian news website, Mashregh News, is reporting that Iranian-Canadian blogging pioneer Hossein Derakhshan has been found guilty of “conspiring with hostile governments, disseminating anti-Islamic propaganda, disseminating anti-revolutionary propaganda, blasphemy, annd operating and managing obscene pornography websites.” He is ordered to serve 19.5 years in prison, is banned for five years from joining any […]

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Sep

23

Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë speaks out for Hossein Derakhshan

The mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, released a statement (in French) today in support of Hossein Derakhshan. I have translated it below to the best of my ability. —BEGIN ENGLISH TRANSLATION— I have learned with dismay and the utmost concern that the death penalty was requested, Wednesday, September 22, by the prosecutor of Tehran, at […]

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Sep

22

Hossein Derakhshan’s mother speaks

Editor’s Note: This is a English translation of an interview originally done in Persian by Kamtarin, published on September 21, 2010. I did not translate this interview myself, nor have I been in direct contact with Kamtarin nor Ozra Kiarashpour, Hossein’s mother, but my Derakhshan family source did confirm the authenticity of this interview and […]

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Sep

21

Canadian government response to Derakhshan case

Hello Cyrus, Here is the comment I can provide at this time: Since learning of Hossein Derakhshan’s arrest in November 2008, DFAIT officials have been in contact with Iranian authorities, including by diplomatic note and through high level meetings, to seek consular access. Iran does not legally recognize dual nationality. As such, Canadian- Iranians are […]

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Sep

20

Hossein Derakhshan awaiting sentencing

A member of Hossein “Hoder” Derakhshan’s family has confirmed to me that he is awaiting a sentence in his trial in Tehran, and that the prosecutor is seeking the death penalty.

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