· December, 2008

Stories about Iran from December, 2008

Iran: Two bloggers in jail

  31 December 2008

Iranian judicial authorities announced that Hossein Derakhshan was being held in prison in connection with his comments about key figures of the Shiite faith.In the same time several bloggers such as Freedomvatan reported [fa] that Esmail Jafari, a journalist and blogger ‘was arrested by Iranian security agents’.

The Current State of the India-Iran Pipeline

  29 December 2008

The New Horizon writes on the recent state of the ‘India-Iran Pipeline through Pakistan’ on the wake of the Mumbai attacks. The Acorn thinks: “It’s a bad idea to interlock India’s energy supplies with Pakistan”.

Iran Review 2008

  28 December 2008

According to the Berkman Center for Internet and Society there are around 60,000 active Iranian blogs. In 2008 they have been creative, dynamic and active in their diverse fields of interest. Here are a few of them.

Global Health: 2008 Blogs In Review

  27 December 2008

Bloggers in 2008 showed all the ways in which global health is interconnected with other issues, by covering health stories that touched on everything from poverty and women's rights to the environment and economics. They shared stories such as the prohibition of cannabis in Japan, how ads for children's food...

Iran: Islamist bloggers support Gaza

  26 December 2008

Several Islamist bloggers have launched a campaign against the Gaza Strip blockade and to ask worldwide Muslims to help Palestinians. The bloggers have used different tools such as Google bombs and banners to spread the word.

Iran: Muslim Bloggers site was hacked

  23 December 2008

We read [fa] in Iran based Muslim Bloggers site that it was hacked a few days ago while it had launched a campaign to support Gaza Strip people. It seems that several other conservative sites such as Shiayan recently were hacked in Iran.

Iran: A blogger was sentenced to five months in prison

  20 December 2008

According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and several iran based blogs Esmail Jafari, an Iranian blogger and journalist based in the southwestern city of Bushehr, was sentenced to five months in prison on 6 December on charges of “anti-government publicity” and “disseminating information abroad.” He is still free pending the...

Iran: A Long and Painful Story of Jailed Bloggers

  18 December 2008

Iranian blogger and journalist, Omid Reza Mirsyafi, was sentenced to two and a half years of prison this week. He stands accused of insulting religious leaders, and engaging in propaganda against the Islamic Republic. Over the past 5 years, several bloggers in Iran have faced jail and persecution because of their blogs. Some were detained for a few days while others were condemned to several years.

Iran: “Filtering does not work”

  13 December 2008

FreeKeybord , an Iranian blogger, writes[fa] that filtering is really stupid. He adds that his blog was filtered two months ago but he gets more visitors now than before. He has published his blog's statistics too.

Where is Hossein Derakhshan?

  12 December 2008

Bangla blogger Jajabor Aronnyok writes about the detention/disappearance of well-known Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan aka Hoder. A supporter of freedom of expression, Aronnyok wants justice and freedom for Hoder.

Egypt: Free Hoder

  11 December 2008

Elijah Zarwan, from Egypt, is lending his voice to the Free Hoder campaign, calling for the release of jailed Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan. “Hossein, if you read this when you get out (may it be soon), sorry for calling for the authorities to release you. I know you asked people...

Iran: “A blogger arrested”

  9 December 2008

Sibiltala, an Iranian blogger in Canada, says[fa] that Hossein Derakhshan, an Iranian blogger, has been arrested 38 days ago in Tehran. Sibiltala adds that Derakshan's sister “confirmed this news”. Read more here.

Iran: Students Protest Dictatorship and Gender Apartheid

  8 December 2008

A group of students held a protest rally against the Iranian government and president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the University of Tehran on Sunday to commemorate Student Day, the anniversary of the murdering of three students of University of Tehran on December 6, 1953.