Kayvan Samimi: Prisoner of the Day

Hunger-striking imprisoned newspaper publisher

rahana.org and CPJ: Arrested on June 14, 2009, Kayvan Samimi, 64, manager of the now-defunct monthly Nameh, is serving a six-year prison sentence on charges of "propagating against the regime," and "assembly and collusion to disrupt national security" along with a 15-year ban on “political, social, and cultural activities.”

Initially held at Evin Prison, Samimi was subjected to mistreatment. In February 2010, he was transferred to solitary confinement after objecting to poor prison conditions, according to Free Iranian Journalists, a website devoted to documenting cases of jailed reporters and editors. He and 14 other prisoners later went on a 16-day hunger strike to protest abuse at the prison. In November 2010, Samimi was transferred to Rajaee Shah Prison in Karaj, which houses violent criminals, according news reports. In May 2011, he and several other political prisoners waged a hunger strike to protest mistreatment there.

In August 2011, the reformist news website Jonbesh-e-Rah-e-Sabz reported that Samimi was in poor health and suffered from liver problems. Prison authorities refused medical leave for treatment outside the prison, the news site reported.

Video: An older clip of Kayvan Samimi's lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, now imprisoned herself, describing one of the times Kayvan Samimi participated in a protest hunger strike.


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Luv Ya , anyway :)

by religionoutofgovernment on

I enjoy your comments and views against the rapist regime so much, I am only going to smile at this:

 "You see socialism is just that. Socialism is True Democracy, true freedom of expression with no need for  state or prison. not the fake democracy of the capital, democracy of Rich and powerful at the expense of poor and downthroden..."


:) :)

Bahram G

Thank you JJ and Iranian.com

by Bahram G on

For posting the horrific plights of these bests of Iran suffering under the dastardly rule of Iran's worst. Keep it up and be their stifled voice. Hopefully this nightmare Islamist disaster will end soon and the sacrifices of Iranians of valure will not go unrewarded. These magnificent innocent people are paying a heavy price to salvage our country for the future generations.


Political prisoner of day=Iranian of day

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

This new series of blogs on a very diverse set of Iranians, imprisoned by the fascist  islamist regime, for nothing other than their thoughts , jobs, politics, religion, etc, has raised my respect for this site, from it's rock bottom reached after reading daily trash of racist/religious insults, pure propaganda trash for the islamist regime wrapped under cover of pseudo intellectual commentary or "humour" or  "anti-war"/ anti zionist/anti this or that, on one hand to open invitation of military attack on my country Iran by other extremist nut cases, to a new high never reached before.

Thank you Dear JJ very much. In return, I promise to limit my propaganda for a socialist paradise to one blog per week, maximum. Because you are already conveying the message. You see socialism is just that. Socialism is True Democracy, true freedom of expression with no need for  state or prison. not the fake democracy of the capital, democracy of Rich and powerful at the expense of poor and downthroden...

And that was my propaganda of the week, BTW!  

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


What we're dealing with here is an American incredibly ignorant

by Zendanian on

of the 1979 Revloution, its roots, history, and complexities.

If five short lines you put an entire population of 35 million in one basket and condone their impriosnment and worse. Whereas in a blog dedicated to the defense of political prisoners the apt discourse shall be one of solidarity and furthering the cause of their liberty.

Iranian Revloution of 1979 is simply beyond your ken. Although IR was able to maniuplate and lie its way to power, the '79 Revloution at the same time had some of the most advanced urban, industrialized elements, and many other Modern Anti-Clercial instances. But all you could see is a cartoon of all Iranians as one, facilitating your distortions.

The focus of tis blog shall remain focused on Political Prisoners in Iran , and their defense in an UNCONDITIONAL approach.


You'll Never Walk Alone

by Zendanian on


The song above as an ode to all political prisoners of Iran.

And a big thank you to all in IC for putting together this very importantl series. Supporting political prisoners is not easy, its not 'sexy,' usually gets very little to no media coverage, you spent a lot of time on one point and often don't see the results directly. And after a decade or two it gets a bit deperssing, but its the work that must be done. All political prisoners in Iran must be defeded UNCONDITIONALLY.

Furthermore since Defense of Political Prisoners is a matter of life and death, please save your burned-out, jaded, cynical, sarcasm for other blogs.

All political prisoners in Iran not only should feel that they have broad support amongst Iranians (inside and outside), they also should see tangible results from campaigns organized on their behest. 

Free All Political Prisoners in Iran.



What they are dealing with

by Raoul1955 on

Is the direct result of a nation getting 'emotional,' replacing a totally Westernized king for an ayatollah, and subsequently voting into power an islamic regime.  The ensuing [current] 'misery' and fill-in-the-blank is the direct result of the Iranian people's impulsiveness and culture.  Social actions have consequences that may last for many decades and perhaps generations.


Doorood bar tamame Iranian e mobrez...

by Bavafa on

A sustain and relentless campagin to free all political prisoners is needed to put all pressure on the criminal IRI to free our brave hamvatan

My hats off to all of them for their bravery and voice.

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 


Jahanshah Javid

What we're dealing with

by Jahanshah Javid on

Another human being in prison for what he thinks, writes, says... That's what we're dealing with.

We are dealing with a state that denies its citizens the most basic of rights. A regime that cannot tolerate any dissent, any diversity, anything that undermines, or takes attention away from its narrow-thinking.

Tiger Lily


by Tiger Lily on




Ghormeh Sabzi:

by Raoul1955 on

Given this guy's age you want to indicate if this character ever opposed the US-backed secular regime of the Pahlavi dynasty over three decades ago.  That will give us a better view of him...