Ganji, the blogger?

1 June 2005

Nobody more than "Akbar Ganji":http://www.pen.org/freedom/hm/ganji.htm , the outspoken activist and writer who has been in jail for the past six years, embodies the golden era of free speech in Iran in the late 90s.

Now he is temporary released from jail for medical examinations, but the only change you can see in him, is that he now has "a closely shaven face":http://www.kosoof.com/archive/2005/May/30/259.php .

He is still as outspoken as he was and has even more radical ideas about the nature of the Islamic regime and its structural problems.

While none of the papers in Tehran would dare publishing his writings these day, how he is going to be communicating with the public? A few webloggers who "met him yesterday at his house":http://news.gooya.com/politics/archives/029999.php

seem to have an answer. Will we see Akbar Ganji's weblog soon?

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