Feeds

Iranian blogger gets 20 years

True price of freedom

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

Canadian-Iranian journalist Hossein Derakhshan has been sentenced to nineteen and a half years in prison for crimes relating to his blog.

Derakhshan, who has been in prison awaiting trial for two years, was found guilty of blasphemy offences, propaganda against the Islamic Republic and collaborating with foreign governments, Al-Jazeera reports.

Derakhshan studied in Canada and was described as the godfather (or blogfather) of Iranian blogging. He wrote a Persian-language guide to setting up a blog alongside his own writing at hoder.com, currently unavailable.

After an early career writing for reformist newspapers in Iran he went on to study in Toronto and at SOAS in London.

He was allowed to return to Iran by the High Council of Iranian Affairs Abroad in 2008. According to his mother he was in discussions with the regime's Press TV for a job. He used Press TV offices for internet access.

His attitude to President Ahmadinejad also appeared to have softened. He wrote in favour of Iran building its own nuclear weapons, in order to fend off attack by the US or Israel, but also advocated better relations between the country and the west.

Derakhshan was sentenced to nineteen and half years in prison, a five-year ban on party membership or appearing in the media and a hefty fine.

His mother was interviewed by an Iranian blog before Derakhshan was sentenced.

She asked: "I want to ask why are they making an example of Hossein rather than making a role model of him? He is someone who repented and returned to serve his country and is ready to criticize his past thoughts and actions. Are you making an example to prove to people that repenting is useless?" ®

Application security programs and practises

More from The Register

next story
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
UK government officially adopts Open Document Format
Microsoft insurgency fails, earns snarky remark from UK digital services head
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws
Only 49 politcos voted against DRIP bill
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.