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:”Another blogger was arrested”

Hrna [fa], Human rights activists news agency, reports [fa] that Ali Pour Soleiman, a blogger and teacher was arrested in Iran a few days ago. He was a member of...

Iran:Persecuted blogger won Theodor Haecker prize

Shiva Nazar-Ahari, a persecuted Iranian human rights activist and blogger, awarded Theodor Haecker prize.

Iran: A blogger's life in danger

Hrana, human rights activists news agency, reports [fa] that Hossein Maleki Ronaghi ‘s life is in danger and he needs urgent medical care in prison. Hossein Maleki Ronaghi has been...

Iran: “A website developer was sentenced to death”

Saeed Malekpour,website developer, is facing the death penalty in Iran for allegedly designing “adult” websites. A few Iranian sites wrote Malekpour was the main manager of hard porn Avizoon site...

Iran:Derakhshan Released On $1.5 Million Bail

An informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Hossein Derakhshan was released last night on the unprecedented bail amount of $1.5 million. Derakhshan had requested...

Iran: We are all Computer Criminals

Iran's government has a law at its disposal that make it possible to label almost any Internet user a criminal. The “Law of Computer Crimes” (one law with 56 articles)...

Iran: World's Youngest Detained Blogger on Trial

The Iranian government is not only world-class when it comes to persecuting bloggers, they have also set numerous records: from the first jailed blogger in history, to the first blogger...

Iran:World’s youngest detained blogger on trial

Reporters without Borders (RSF) reports The world’s youngest detained blogger, 18-year-old Navid Mohebbi, is currently being tried behind closed doors before a revolutionary court in the northern city of Amol....

Iran: Khazali,blogger and physician was arrested

Mehdi Khazali, head of Iran's Medical Data Bank and son of hardliner, Ayatollah Abolghassem Khazali, was arrested on Wednesday by Iranian authorities. According to [fa] Sedaye Zendani, says Khazali wrote...

Iran: Derakhshan was sentenced to 19.5 years in prison

According to [fa] Mashregh News Hossein Derakhshan, Iranian jailed blogger, was sentenced to 19.5 years in prison. Read more here.

Iran: Jailed blogger, Hossein Derakhshan (“Hoder”) may face death penalty

A reliable source has told Global Voices that Tehran's prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for jailed Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan (also known as “Hoder”). The presiding judge, named Salavati,...

Iran: Prosecutor seeks death penalty for Derakhshan

A knowledgeable source told Global Voices that Tehran's prosecutor seeks death penalty for Hossein Derakhshan, jailed blogger. Judge Salavati hasn't ruled yet. Hossein has been accused of “collaborating with enemy...

Iran:”Shiva was sentenced to Prison”

According to [fa] several news sites, Iranian jailed blogger and human rights activist, Shiva Nazar Ahari was sentenced to 74 lashes and six years prison.

Iran: Jailed blogger Goudarzi receives NPC award

The National Press Club has announced the international recipient of the 2010 John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award is Iranian blogger Kouhyar Goudarzi, who is being held in Tehran's...

Iran: Blogger May Face Charge of ‘Waging War Against God’

There is a growing concern that Shiva Nazar Ahari, a jailed human rights activist, blogger, and editor of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters website in Iran, may be charged...

Iran: One of Mayor's sites was filtered

According to reformist Kalmeh, and several bloggers, Iranian authorities filtered “Khbargozarieh Shar” (means city's news agency). This site belongs to Tehran's Mayor and no information about the reasons for this...

Iran: Hamed Saber is out of jail

Aftab News reported on 9th of August that Iranian photo-blogger, Hamed Saber, was released on bail.

Iran: Unifying Filtering

Iranian authorities announced [fa] that filtering policy will be unified in country. According to the Islamic Republic's authorities an Iranian company, whose name was not announced, has won the contract...

Iran: A blogger among hunger strikers

Kouhyar Goodarzi, human rights activist and blogger, is one of 17 Iranian political prisoners who started their hunger strike at the end of July to protest against the poor prison...

Iran: Campaign to Free Jailed Photo-Blogger Hamed Saber

More than 70 Iranian university graduates and academics are calling for the release of Hamed Saber, an Iranian photo-blogger and computer scientist who was arrested for unknown reasons on 21...

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