Kamangir (Archer)

December 18, 2008

Letter in Defense of Hossein Derakhshan (Hoder)

Filed under: Human Rights, Iran — Kamangir @ 12:43 am

We, the undersigned, view the circumstances surrounding the Iranian authorities’ arrest of Hossein Derakhshan (hoder.com), one of the most prominent Iranian bloggers, as extremely worrying.  Derakhshan’s disappearance, detention at an unknown location, lack of access to his family and attorneys, and the authorities’ failure to provide clear information about his potential charges is a source of concern for us.

The Iranian blogging community is one of the largest and most vibrant in the world.  From ordinary citizens to the President, a diverse and large number of Iranians are engaged in blogging. These bloggers encompass a wide spectrum of views and perspectives, and they play a vital role in open discussions of social, cultural and political affairs.

Unfortunately, in recent years, numerous websites and blogs have been routinely blocked by the authorities, and some bloggers have been harassed or detained.  Derakhshan’s detention is but the latest episode in this ongoing saga and is being viewed as an attempt to silence and intimidate the blogging community as a whole.

Derakhshan’s own position regarding a number of prisoners of conscience in Iran has been a source of contention among the blogging community and has caused many to distance themselves from him.  This, however, doesn’t change the fact that the freedom of expression is sacred for all not just the ones with whom we agree.

We therefore categorically condemn the circumstances sourrounding Derakhshan’s arrest and detention and demand his immediate release.

Arash Abadpour

Niki Akhavan

Hossein Bagher Zadeh

Sanam Dolatshahi

Mehdi Jami

Jahanshah Javid

Abdee Kalantari

Sheema Kalbasi

Nazli Kamvari

Nazy Kaviani

Peyvand Khorsandi

Nikahang Kowsar

Omid Memarian

Pedram Moallemian

Ali Moayedian

Ebrahim Nabavi

Masoome Naseri

Khodadad Rezakhani

Leva Zand


  1. http://ariachne.persianblog.ir/post/701/

    Thanks a lot,

    Comment by Shabnam Gholami — December 18, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

  2. You You and those that have signed this petition are truly piece of shit because so far none of you had petition for other decent Iranian political prisoners. I am not happy to see him behind bar, as a matter of fact, I would love to see him free as soon as possible because by being free he would expose himself more and this is the only way that stupid assholes like you may start realizing what kind of shit he is made of from. My objection to your petition is that, have mixed up your priority. Currently there are hundreds of decent political prisoners in Iran some of them are awaiting execution such as the educator Farzad Kamangar and others like reporter and women right activist Mis. Shahnaz Gholami is being housed in prison with bunch of dangerous drug addicts and criminals. Why you dumbasses have not petition for these political prisoners? Derakhshan is a full of shit and a true narcissist and he would do everything to be famous and assholes like you and your comrades are wasting your time, because most probably you are as shitty as Derakhshan. Shame on you hypocrites.

    Comment by ali — December 18, 2008 @ 10:43 pm

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  4. Arash,I posted in my blog the situation concerning the Hoder situation.
    Maybe someone is not well informed about the petitions submitted in your blog in the recent past.
    Is very dificult to know all the cases of political prisoners in Iran and the world.But just for one may run to the others.

    Comment by Carlos — December 19, 2008 @ 3:27 pm

  5. He deserves what’s coming to him!!!

    Comment by ganselmi — January 2, 2009 @ 6:21 pm

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