As Iran nears elections in June, the government has launched a renewed assault on the media with arrests, repression, and harassment. Join us in New York for a special screening of Forced Confessions, a film documenting the history of this tactic in Iran, followed by a discussion exploring the political, social, and personal implications of criminalizing the press, along with the worrying trends under new governments in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya.
Forced Confessions, a documentary film by Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, follows six writers, journalists, and scholars who were tortured for their writings and forced to issue false confessions. The film’s director Maziar Bahari, himself a survivor of what the film calls “the Iranian regime’s attempt to legitimize its rule through force,” joins political satirist Jon Stewart and Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists Joel Simon in the panel discussion following the screening.
Censorship and Power in Iran
Screening & Discussion
Jon Stewart, Political Satirist
Maziar Bahari, Journalist and Filmmaker
Joel Simon, Committee to Protect Journalists
May 8, 2013
School of Visual Arts
333 West 23rd Street