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Derakhshan accused of espionage

Hossein Derakhshan in Tehran, 2005

Hossein Derakhshan in Tehran, 2005 (from Flickr)

Tehrani blogger Hossein Derakhshan has been arrested by the Iranian government on charges of espionage. The NYT says:

Judiciary officials have not confirmed his arrest but the Web site, Jahan News, reported that he had confessed to spying for Israel. Mr. Derakhshan, an Iranian-Canadian, had lived in Canada since 2000 but moved back to Tehran a few weeks ago. He traveled to Israel in 2007 and wrote about it on his blog.

So we have lost one of the recorders of what Iranian life is like to the mullahs. We must confront this the way we confront all unjust arrests by backwards governments, with letters of protest. They may seem meaningless, but they have made a difference before, particularly in Iran and Afghanistan.

I will post a link to a petition or letter-writing site as soon as I find one. In the meantime, we should pray for him and all victims of state oppression.


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