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Silent rally to protest press crackdown

Shahrvand Publications
Toronto, Canada

As I am certain you are aware, a major offensive and crack down against pro-reform journalist and publications has started in Iran. The conservatives begun their assault in advance of yet another expected setback for the second round of parliamentary elections.

Over the past two weeks, sixteen independent papers have been banned. Several prominent journalists have been summoned, interrogated and arrested on vague charges. The Iranian community of Toronto is extremely concerned about these events, the safety of those under arrest and the stealth coup led by the Supreme Leader and carried out by his Revolutionary Guards.

To express our concern, we have organized a silent rally to take place on Wednesday, May 10th at 6:30 PM. We will assemble at the Globe & Mail building, marching towards the offices of the Toronto Star and stopping at the CBC building. Various prominent personalities, writers and journalists of Canada have sponsored the event and will be present to address the rally.

It would be a great pleasure and a sure sign of solidarity if you or one of your colleagues representing your organization could also join us. We expect the arrested journalists and banned publications to greatly benefit from any expression of international solidarity and support and hope that you can help us in this effort.

If you have any questions or would like additional details, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned at above numbers.


Hassan Zerehi Shahrvand
Publisher & Editor-in-chief
VP. Iranian Writers in Exile
PEN Center


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