Fred Petrossian

I am a Europe based Iranian journalist, blogger and researcher. I joined Global Voices in summer 2005 and I used farid pouya and hamid tehrani as nicknames. I was Iran Editor of Global Voices from 2006 to 2014. I have also been involved with several digital projects such as Digiactive and March 18 Movement [Think Social award 2009]. I co edited and co wrote “Hope, Votes and Bullets” book about Iran's protest movement and social media. At present I am working in Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty (Radio Farda) in Prague. Twitter: @fredpetrossian

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Latest posts by Fred Petrossian

Iran: A Blogger's Life in Danger

  3 June 2012

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki,jailed blogger,has started his hunger strike since last Saturday.His health conditions are in dire situation and he was moved for two hours to a hospital [fa].Another political prisoner started[fa] hunger strike to support him.

Iran: Another blogger was arrested

  25 February 2012

Nama Jafari,blogger and journalist was arrested. He was editor of a cultural site. He also wrote a book called “a gathering in solitary confinement”.

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Iran: Innovations in Cyber Dictatorship

  7 February 2012

In the latest examples creative repression over the internet, the Islamic regime has used Skype as a long-distance interrogation tool, and wrested control over a Facebook group for photos of hot guys and girls from its administrators.

Iran: Another blogger in jail

  17 January 2012

Hadi Nili says according to confirmed reports from Tehran, Parastoo Dokouhaki, Iranian blogger and journalist, is arrested by authorities. Parastoo is a women activist as well. She writes in her blog “Zan-Nevesht“and in its English version “The Remains of the Day“.

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Iran: Jailed Islamic Cleric and Blogger on Hunger Strike

  17 January 2012

In the last 33 years since the Islamic Revolution, Iran has been a kind of paradise for Islamic clerics who gained power and rule over the country. But not for all of them. Mohammad Sadegh (Arash) Honarvar Shojayi, a cleric and a blogger is one who is currently sharing the...

Iran: A cleric blogger on hunger strike

  15 January 2012

Mohammad Sadegh Honarvar Shojayi, a blogger and cleric started his hunger strike on Monday. He was arrested by the Prosecutor General on charges of conducting an interview with the reformist Kalameh website.

Iran: Khazali was arrested again

  11 January 2012

Shoorezar reports [fa] Mehdi Khazali, a blogger, publisher and son of a leading conservative cleric and former Council of Guardians member, Ayatollah Khazali, was arrested again last week. He was beaten up by security forces. Read more here.

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Will Iran Soon Have Its Own “Clean Internet”?

  4 January 2012

The Iranian regime may be losing its battle to filter content on the internet, but meanwhile it is trying news things - from slowing down internet speeds, to developing a so-called "national internet" or "clean internet".

Iran: Blogger May Face Death Penalty

  22 December 2011

Several bloggers and news sites reported [fa] that Mohammad Reza Pour Shajari, a jailed blogger , may face charge of ‘Waging War Against God’ (moharebeh). A death sentence can be pronounced in this case. He criticized Islam and Islamic Republic in his blog, Iran Land's Report.

Iran: Jailed blogger stopped his hunger strike

  18 December 2011

Several sites reported [fa] that Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, Iranian jailed blogger stopped his hunger strike after about one week.Hossein is serving a 15 year prison sentence in the security ward of Evin Prison.

Iran: Jailed blogger on hunger strike

  15 December 2011

Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, jailed blogger, is on hunger strike [fa] over his jail's conditions. Hossein is serving a 15 year prison sentence in the security ward of Evin Prison.

Iran: A blogger was beaten up in jail

  18 August 2011

Human rights activists say [fa] Hossein Maleki Ronaghi, a jailed blogger, was beaten up in prison, after writing a letter to Iran's judicary authorities, by a guard and sent to a hospital. This blogger has been sentenced to 15 years jail.

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Iran: Blogger Freed After 25-day Hunger Strike

  16 August 2011

Dr. Mehdi Khazali, a blogger, publisher and son of a leading conservative cleric and former Council of Guardians member, Ayatollah Khazali, was released on bail from prison on Sunday after a 25-day hunger strike. The blogger has raised his voice against the Iranian government for the last two years, and...

Iran:A Blogger's life in danger

  8 July 2011

Hossein Rongahi‘s father says that his son's life is in danger. Hossein is a jailed blogger who needs urgent medical care. He was sentenced to 15 years of prison.

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Iran: Record Breaking 20-Year Jail Sentence for Blogger

  10 June 2011

Writing about Iranian bloggers offers few moments of respite. The sad stories are endless, and the threats don't seem to subside. As though repression and censorship were not enough, bad luck seems to play in too. What follows are the stories of three bloggers, who are each serving very long...

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