Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Iran confirms arresting blogger

Iranian-Canadian Hossein Derakhshan (Hoder) has not updated his blog since October 6th. It was suspected that he might have been arrested. Iran just confirmed that he has indeed been arrested. Something to do with comments he made about some religious leaders.

Mr. Derakhshan was very outspoken on his beliefs and views. He was very much in favour of many of Iran's policies and of Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's policies including Iran's nuclear goals. I just wanted to make that clear that he is an independent thinker and is not some sort of apologist for the west. He most certainly is not.

His views clearly were not considered appropriate and so he has been arrested. One of his "offences" was his effort to show Iranians how Israel really is, and not the sort of caricature that Iran's government would have the population believe.

At least we know where he is now and what happened. I hope and even pray that he'll get through his sentence and get back to writing. I encourage any of my readers to look through his words.


Anonymous said...

As you know he is not the first Canadian of Iranian ethnicity to be arrested in Iran. I am sure you know the sad results. It is truly a repressive and ugly regime.


Craig Williamson said...

Yes, it certainly is. It was moronic to take out the other repressive and ugly regime that helped keep Iran where it is (Iraq).

Anonymous said...

I think you are on to something with that Craig. I have thought for a long time that the invasion of Iraq was really about Iran.

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