Iran jails pioneering blogger for ‘anti-state activity’
An Iranian court has sentenced a prominent Iranian-Canadian blogger to more than 19 years in jail, rights groups and Iranian media say.
Hossein Derakhshan was charged with “propagating against the regime” and “co-operating with hostile states”.
Mr Derakhshan was arrested in 2008 during a visit to the country.
He is credited with launching Iran’s blogging revolution. Originally critical of the government, he later backed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Derakhshan was also sentenced for promoting counter-revolutionary groups, insulting Islamic thought and religious figures and managing obscene websites, Mashreq news website reported.
Judicial sources said he could appeal the ruling.
Kemetic faiths views on this story
It is with great sadness that we see a state and a faith feel that the action above are needed to be taken in order to keep control of their people.
But such action far from having the desired effect will draw the worlds attentions to the many defects of the state and the misguided views of the religious leaders of Iran.
Freedom is the greatest of gifts that the Gods have given us all and no man or faith has the right to take that from us.
Prison and courts are a place for the criminals of the world who have committed true crimes it is not a place for those who have done nothing more than spoken the truth