Hossein Derakhshan

Blogger detained for 500 days without charge

RFERL: The mother of a controversial, well-known blogger, Hossein Derakhshan, who is often described as Iran's "blogfather" because he helped popularize blogging in Iran, has called on the head of Iran's judiciary to release her son for the Iranian New Year, or Norouz, marked on March 21. Derakhshan, a dual Iranian-Canadian citizen, has been in jail in Iran since November 2008. Derakhshan is reportedly facing security charges, including espionage. But his mother says in her open letter to the head of the judiciary that the family hasn't been informed of the official charges against him. "Hossein has been in your prison for more than 500 days. And we have been waiting for him outside the prison every day," she writes. Derakhshan's mother says that the judiciary should release Derakhshan for the New Year, as it has done in the case of a number of postelection detainees who have been allowed to go on prison leave >>>


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Please sign hossein derakhshan's Facebook page as a fan...

by MM on

and keep his name alive by emails and more blogs on him.  If we keep someone name alive, chances are that we practically prevent extreme IRI brutality.  No matter how his personality traits are, one does not deserve to be in prison and tortured because of his/her writings.

hossein derakhshan's Facebook fan page is at //www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=37459792838.  It is very interesting that a team of international bloggers are managing his Facebook page.  Let's help them out by an overwhelming support of the page.

Mary Joyce (Harvard) Activist / USA Maria Rijo (SOAS) Friend / England Nessy Lupino Activist / France Céline Hountomey Activist / France Jo Street Press Journalist / France Giorgia Gita Activist / Italia Pablo Manriquez (Notre Dame) Friend / Hopemonger / Spain Renata Avila Friend / Lawyer / Nicaragua

I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek

He's an idiot, but that doesn't me he should be jail.

by I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek on

I hope he will be free soon, and I feel bad for his family. Being young is all about experimentation and adventure. Hossein should not be punished for that.


Is there the slightest possibility??

by water. on

I am wondering if I was right or wrong on that evening?

 It's been a couple of weeks since then, but on an evening in January this year as I was walking through the streets in A. (West Europe) in direction of my appartement I saw a guy walking the other direction. Just by accident I looked at him and he looked at me and walked by.

Since then I can not get rid of the idea whether or not this was Hossein! This guy looked just exactly the way Hossein looked like, the same hight, same shape, same hair, same way of walking.... Since then I am asking myself why didn't I just stop and try to talk to him....??

Maybe it was him!? I don't know, I can't say for sure. I just know that it was dark and this guy looked exactly like Hossein.


ali hakkak

Isn't it strange?

by ali hakkak on

Isn't it strange that  Hossein Derakhshan has been detained with no charge? Something makes me think that he (given his given well-known history of aftabparastism) may not be having it as bad as you may think. I know I'm not the only one that feels this way about him. I hope I'm wrong...


free hoder

by deev on

While wishing for his immediate release I too agree he was nuts to go back, radical islamists are not known for playing by the rules to gamble against


victims of the islamic republic

by bihonar on

 خیلی از قربانیان این رژیم کما بیش باور دارند یا داشته اند که ابن رژیم آنقدرها هم که می گویند جنایتکار نیست. وقتی از این خواب یا فراموشی بیدار می شوند که خیلی دیر است درست مانند همین آقای درخشان خودمان. اینها باور نمی کنند که هزاران بیگناه توسط این رژیم اعدام شده اند و یا نمی خواهند باور کنند. به هر صورت من برای این فرد متاسفم و امیداوارم که آسیب بیشتری از اینها نبیند

Arash Monzavi-Kia

درخشان پس از بازگشت:

Arash Monzavi-Kia

" می‌دانم ته دلتان دوست ندارید این را قبول کنید، ولی شعار «ایران برای همه‌ی ایرانیان» را خاتمی می‌داد، ولی احمدی‌نژاد جدی گرفته و دارد اجرا می‌کند. خودتان بیایید و مثل من امتحان کنید."


Hoder was an idiot

by ghalam-doon on

A lot of us read philosophy and political science because it makes us feel good. It makes us feel that we're different from the massess. We are intelectuals. We can read these stuff and actually appreciate them!

But in the back of our minds we know that it's all B.S. Some university prof wrote all this stuff in a chic cafe. We know that it has no application in real life.

Hussein was an idealist idiot who actually believed in these stuff. He really thought we are in a post-structural world and Khomeini and I.R. are symbols of this brave new world!

So he put his life on the line because of some B.S. that some philosopher wrote to make himself feel good. What an idiot!

Shifteh Ansari

Interesting and comprehensive article on Derakhshan

by Shifteh Ansari on

A couple of weeks ago there was a long article about Hossein Derakhshan on Khodnevis.  His conditions in prison were described as pretty horrible.  You may wish to read it here.

Marge, I miss Kaveh Nouraee, too.  His comments are always entertaining to read to say the least.

I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek

Hoder is an idiot.

by I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek on

I had this discussion with Kaveh Nouraee, and he agreed with me. Where is he by the way? Come back Kaveh!

I think Hossein had a nice blog, but blogging is not reality. Politics and IRI are not games. He must have thought this was a game or something. There has never been freedom to change political affiliation in Iran. Either he's dumb or he wanted to be arrested. Politics isn't like clothes. You have the right to change them in Iran. I'm not saying I agree with what has happened, but what did he think was going to happen? It makes sense that he's locked up. I just don't understand why he was stupid enough to walk into it. He has caused so much hardship for his family because of his immaturity. 

Hopefully he'll be released. He has a lot to offer the intelligence ops in Iran, so hopefully that will speed up his release. 

Sargord Pirouz

I used to follow Hoder's

by Sargord Pirouz on

I used to follow Hoder's blog, as well. 

I think part of the problem was his past travel to Israel, and his uneven political opinions over the years.

For their part, the Canadians don't appear to be putting anywhere near the effort that the US provided on behalf of Roxana Saberi, who was actually found in possession of a classified Iranian defense document.

Darius Kadivar

Hope they release him Soon !

by Darius Kadivar on

Whatever his predicament. Hope he will be released !

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