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Iranian human rights activist is Blogging : She survived Prison, Exile and Censorship

There are several Iranian blogs which have human rights issues as their main reason to exist. There are different “types” of these blogs: Penlog is a collective blog which wants to protect bloggers and fight against censorship. Another “type” is a one subject blog such as releaseGanji. It is just covering news about Akbar Ganji , jailed journalist, and his hunger strike. It is difficult to talk about Iranian politics, social life and even culture and not mentioning human rights’ questions. Defending political prisoners, crying against censorship are well present in many Iranian blogs whose writers are either in Iran or outside country.

I would like to introduce one human rights activist who is blogging in Farsi: Mrs.Mehrangize Kar. She and her husband, Siamak Pourzand, have been active as human rights activists and journalists for years and both paid a high price for that.

Mehrangize Kar, is living in the USA or in other words in exile.This human rights lawyer was famous, before revolution, for her articles and her style of writing. She was jailed in Iran after participating in a conference with Ganji and some other Iranian intellectuals and human rights activists in Germany. She survived cancer, isolated cell and finally found herself in exile. She has been in the West for four years and she can not go back to Iran. She is lecturing in different American universities about democracy in Iran among other subjects. She says she has no possibility to publish her works in Iran. Then she turned to blogging :

I want to survive. I was not follower of this way ( internet). I belong to paper and…pen generation. But there is no other solution….I am 60 years old with zero technical knowledge. Young people helped me and opened this door for me….

We can welcome her and wish her the best.

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