Hossein Ronaghi Maleki: Prisoner of the day

Imprisoned blogger, aka Babak Khorramdin, in ill health

CPJ: Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, writing under the name Babak Khorramdin, discussed politics in a series of critical blogs that were eventually blocked by the government. He was also a founder of the anti-censorship group Iran Proxy, which was launched in 2003. Ronaghi Maleki was arrested on December 13, 2009. In October 2010, a Revolutionary Court sentenced Ronaghi Maleki to 15 years in prison on anti-state conspiracy charges, the reformist news website Jonbesh-e-Rah-e-Sabz reported. Ronaghi Maleki’s family said the journalist was in poor health and had severe kidney problems that were going untreated, according to the campaign In May 2011, Ronaghi Maleki was transferred to a hospital in hand and foot cuffs, where he underwent kidney surgery, the campaign reported. He was hospitalized in custody again in October 2011, when he underwent additional kidney surgery, the Human Rights House of Iran reported. Since his return to Evin Prison, he has had to be hospitalized at least once more due to kidney bleeding >>>

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Khebedin your presence on this site reminds of

by Hooshang Tarreh-Gol on

the pests that need to be eliminated, sooner the better. My personal approach towards your type is Extreme Prejudice, if you know what I mean? Cheers


It is amazing. Now the

by Khebedin on

It is amazing. Now the American CIA seek how their memebers are in Iran and openly name and support them, and there seems to be no shame for these members to operate in Iran, where 39 yeras back, no one dared to announce his/her support for America, nevermind being their agent. What a strange bunch we Iranians are. 39 yeras ago supported Mosco, and now Washington.

Shifteh Ansari

The genius with a conscience

by Shifteh Ansari on

For a very long time, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was the Islamic Republic's worst nightmare. He helped thousands of Iranians inside Iran to have access to information by breaking through the Iranian government's censorship blocks on the internet. An unrelenting critic of the regime, he was one of the most significant "catches" the intelligence apparatus scored in the aftermath of the 2009 elections. A healthy young man of 25 at the time of his capture, brutal torture during his months of solitary confinement has left him sick with kidney failure and other ailments.

No matter how long he has been kept in solitary confinement or torture, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki never delivered the fake confession his captors wanted him to deliver against himself and others like him.

Ronaghi Maleki, who wrote under the name of Babak Khorramdin, is a true son of Iran, a gifted human being with a conscience. He and all the other political prisoners in Iran must be released immediately and their captors must be put on trial for crimes against humanity.

Shazde Asdola Mirza

This series is a great idea ... thanks Mr. Javid.

by Shazde Asdola Mirza on


Face of evil to Islamic Republic Lovers.

by عموجان on

Face of freedom, gentle man, truth, future, hope, to Iranian lovers and me.

Him and like him are part of hisrtory now.

Even Imam Hossien(ASS) woudn't like people like him because they are talking about human rigts for live people not dead ones.


my thought with him and his familly.   



We owe these brave souls our full support and gratitude...

by Bavafa on

I really like this new trend/design on IC to dedicate a spot and bring the pledge of these brave folks to the forefront.

We need to remember these brave bunch, cherish them, support them and not relent till they are freed.

 I hope the "prisoner of the day" continues as long as there is a political prisoner in Iran.

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory