Hossein "Hoder" Derakhshan temporarily released from Iranian prison

Cyrus Farivar sez, "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 of September on charges of 'conspiring with hostile governments, disseminating anti-Islamic propaganda, disseminating anti-revolutionary propaganda, blasphemy, and operating and managing obscene pornography websites.' The account was confirmed by a source close to the Derakhshan family, who wished to remain anonymous and said Derakhshan was 'happy to be out,' adding 'we have been pushing for this for months, especially after his trial, but it has always been refused.'"

Iranian blogging pioneer temporarily released from prison


  1. At what point does something stop being “anti-revolutionary” and start being “revolutionary?” Maybe a period of “neo-revolutionary” is needed? In the case of Iran the revolution was over 30 years ago, and over 50 years ago in the case of China.

  2. I think it’s fair to say that many folks still think of oppressive regimes as revolting no matter how long ago they happen to have been founded.

  3. Has anyone thought that they released him “temporarily” so that he will lead the police to other dissidents?

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