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Iran: Free Hossein Derakhshan


November 1, 2009 was the one-year anniversary of the arrest of the Iranian blogger, Hossein “Hoder” Derakhshan.

Cyrus Farivar, a US-based blogger and journalist, reports that he has been in touch with Derakhshan's brother Hamed, who informed him that:

His parents recently had a meeting with the new district attorney, who allowed them to have dinner in Evin Prison with their son, Hossein Derakhshan, on Thursday, October 29, 2009. This confirms that Hossein is being held in Evin Prison, however the family does not know the next time they will be allowed to see him.

Iranian blogger Jooya, writes that Derakhshan is still in section No. 325 in the Revolutionary Guards’ prison. According to human rights activists, Jooya adds, he has has been in solitary confinement for about a year.

A group of Iranian bloggers decided to add “Free Hossein Derakhshan” to the names of their blog for one week. Fanous Azad says (fa):

I also added “free Hossein Derakhshan” to the name of my blog.

He adds:

. . . when Hossein started accusing others I stopped reading his blog, but now I defend his rights without thinking who he is. . . . Hossein like other human beings should have right for freedom of thought and speech.

Parsanevesht asks bloggers to act collectively in order to have maximum impact.

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