Long Jail Term for Iran’s ‘Blogfather’

An Iranian news Web site reported on Tuesday that Hossein Derakhshan, an influential Iranian-Canadian blogger who was arrested two years ago when he returned from self-imposed exile to live in Iran, was sentenced to nearly two decades in prison by a court in Tehran.As Cyrus Farivar, an Iranian-American journalist, noted on his blog, Iran’s Mashregh News reported on Tuesday that Mr. Derakhshan sentenced to 19.5 years in jail for “conspiring with hostile governments, spreading propaganda against the Islamic system, spreading propaganda in favor of counterrevolutionary groups, blasphemy, and creating and managing obscene Web sites.”
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/long-jail-term-for-iranian-blogger/Also see:Iran imprisons ‘blogfather’ for anti-state activities
The Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan, a beacon for those fighting for freedom of expression in the Islamic nation, was sentenced to 19 years in prison today for alleged anti-state activities.Derakhshan, 35, widely known as the “blogfather” or by his online name, “Hoder,” was arrested in late 2008 after returning to Iran following a period living in Britain and Canada, where he also has citizenship. He has been a contributor to the Guardian’s Comment is Free website.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/28/iran-imprisons-blogfather-anti-stateIranian “Blogfather” gets 19 years in prison – activist
An Iranian court has sentenced a pioneering Iranian blogger to more than 19 years in prison, a human rights activist told Reuters Tuesday.Iranian-Canadian Hossein Derakhshan, nicknamed “the Blogfather” and credited with launching a blogging revolution in Iran, has been held in prison in the Islamic state since 2008 on what the media has said are suspicions of spying for Israel.

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