Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Canadian blogger in Iran needs help

There is a Canadian blogger, Hossein Derakhshan, imprisoned in Iran. Warren Kinsella posted about this yesterday, as did Scott Tribe. Apparently this Canadian citizen has been in custody for two months without any successful contact having been made despite repeated attempts by Canadian consulate officials there. The Globe has more on this today. A few weeks ago, an Iranian human rights advocate called for his release:
Iranian human rights advocate Ms. Ebadi, who won the Nobel peace prize in 2003, said she had seen media reports about Mr. Derakhshan's arrest.

“All I can say is that I very much hope that he will be released soon, because prison is not the place for journalists and for bloggers,” Ms. Ebadi, speaking through an interpreter, told a news conference in London.
Take a few minutes for a fellow blogger and send a request for his release to the Iranian embassy. Some pressure from Canadian bloggers could help. The contact information, including email, for the Iranian Embassy in Canada can be found at this link, "SalamIran.org."

Update (Thursday a.m.): In The House and Senate had a great post yesterday on this, providing more fulsome context. Check it out.