Ganji, Revolution & Cartoons

Nima Milanian in Iranian Truth, a group blog, writes about Akbar Ganji, jailed journalist, Blogger reminds us Ganji's solitary confinement and says:

Five months in solitary confinement. There is a greater threat to the world then Iran's nuclear technology. Its treatment of political prisoners. Call on foreign governments to create policies that are contingent on respect for human rights .”

Abtahi, former Vice President and blogger, writes about Islamic Revolution's anniversary. Blogger tries to define real meaning of independence beyond slogans and criticize current government indirectly.

What the present generation who are mostly born after revolution need is to understand the present condition and to program as per their wish and need. This need will not be answered by slogans. In this highly connected world, Iran’s society more than ever needs a rational management which should avoid tiring confrontations and should define the real share of Iran’s power from the world power and to get its right. The real meaning of independence in today’s world is the high power of give and take. Those who define independence as isolation and conflict with the world are endangering the principle of the independence of the country more than others and therefore they are making the nation dependent to foreign powers.”

View from Iran, an Iran based blogger, shares with us a fresh view about cartoons and Iranian people's reaction:

We were talking about the cartoon furor which, despite what you might think, is not such a furor in Iran. Not that Iranians are not observant Muslims, just that they are sick to death of the manipulation of Islam for political ends.”


  • And is one of the few weblogs which endorses the crazy revolution of 1979 and then puts Ganji on top of the Khomeini’s picture. How ironic is it? or…

    It remains to be judged by people.

    And it’s true about the controversy Cartoon reaction among ordinary Iranians. Most Iranians endorsed the freedom of speech and supported the Danish people and Gov’t and let me be clear that those few who attacked foreign missions in Tehran were backed by the clerical regime of Tehran and had an order to do so.

  • As the cartoon effect assumes unmanagable proportions, one should realize that while more tolerence and cilized forms of protests maybe called for, freedom of speech carries a responsibility with it. Many in the mainstream media have refrained from publishing the cartoons because they are bound to create provocation. Innocent lives are unnecessarily lost. There are plenty of other avenues of creative expression.

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