Canadian-Iranian blogger facing execution

Hossein Derakhshan, file photo from the Wikimedia Commons

If you haven’t heard of Hossein Derakhshan, the first thing I should tell you is that we need to save his life.

Derakhshan, also known as “Hoder” and the “blogfather” is a Toronto-based blogger known for facilitating Persian anti-government dissent in the blogosphere and later changing his political slant and alienating some of his readers.

He has an intricate backstory,  one that is well summarized by an alumna of my J-school program, Kate Allen. You can read her synopsis (with embedded video at the end here).

Yes, he’s a controversial figure, but regardless of what he’s written, it is absolutely unacceptable that he is facing execution.

Carmen Chai, who I met in the Toronto Star radio room this summer, has listed several ways in which Canadians can help.

Read up, and please speak out.


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