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Iran Sentences the 'Blogfather' to 19 Years

Hossein Derakhshan accused of insulting religious figures, spying for Israel

(Newser) - An Iranian-Canadian nicknamed "the Blogfather" has been jailed for 19 years for supposedly spreading propaganda, insulting Islamic thought, and co-operating with hostile countries. Hossein Derakhshan, 35, helped launch the Farsi-speaking blogosphere after moving to Canada in 2000. He was arrested in 2008 during a visit to his homeland and... More »

What I Did to Deserve 13 Years and 74 Lashes

Mazair Bahari explains the sentence handed down in absentia

(Newser) - Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari learned this week that, without telling him or his lawyers, an Iranian court had sentenced him to 13 years in prison and 74 lashes. Bahari won't serve that sentence—he was released from Iranian jail in October, after 118 days of interrogation and torture, and... More »

Partner Writes Loving Plea for Saberi's Release

Iranian filmmaker worried about jailed fiancee's health

(Newser) - A decorated Iranian film director who describes himself as Roxana Saberi's fiance has written an open letter protesting her imprisonment, the BBC reports. "I beg you not to throw her in the midst of your political games!" Bahman Ghobadi writes in his impassioned plea. "She is too... More »

'Missing' Journalist Is in Tehran Jail: Iran

Freelancer locked up after allegedly buying a bottle of wine

(Newser) - A day after an Iranian-American journalist's father said her whereabouts were unknown after an arrest a month ago, Iran today said she is being held in a Tehran jail for political prisoners, Reuters reports. The Iran foreign ministry said Roxana Saberi, a 31-year-old who has reported for the BBC and... More »

Iranian Owes Wife 124K Roses

'Stingy' husband needs to make good on dowry

(Newser) - There is something worse than forgetting Valentine's Day—being a tightfisted husband. An Iranian court has ordered a man to immediately send his wife 124,000 roses or risk imprisonment, the BBC reports. The roses were promised to his wife as part of her dowry, which she can legally claim... More »

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