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Iran confirms jailing of Iranian-Canadian blogger

Iran confirms jailing of Iranian-Canadian blogger

Iran confirms that a well-known Iranian-Canadian blogger, Hossein Derakhshan, is in detention.
Judiciary spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi says Derakhshan has been detained under order from "the revolutionary court."
Derakshan, described as the "father" of Iran's vigorous blogging scene, had been rumored to be in prison for the last two months according to family members, before Tuesday's confirmation.
Jamshidi says Derakhshan was charged with insulting religious figures and values. He did not elaborate.
Derakhshan lived in Canada and helped ignite the blog boom in Iran in 2001 by posting instructions on how to create sites.
Despite an Iranian ban on travel to Israel, Derakhshan visited Israel twice, in 2006 and early 2007.


Updated : 2021-07-25 18:52 GMT+08:00