CPJ: Iran Worst Jailer of Journalists

42 Iranian journalists behind bars

cpj.org: The number of journalists imprisoned worldwide shot up more than 20 percent to its highest level since the mid-1990s, an increase driven largely by widespread jailings across the Middle East and North Africa, the Committee to Protect Journalists has found. In its annual census of imprisoned journalists, CPJ identified 179 writers, editors, and photojournalists behind bars on December 1, an increase of 34 over its 2010 tally. Iran was the world’s worst jailer, with 42 journalists behind bars, as authorities kept up a campaign of anti-press intimidation that began after the country’s disputed presidential election more than two years ago >>>

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Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Amirparviz Democracy

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


Yes now it is really hip; all people want to have it. People think Democracy means "their" will and forget majority may go the other way.  I doubt it will be so popular if majority votes against them we are going to violence and war. 

Now imagine Democracy did get power and everyone got to vote. There are big dangers if people are not educated and wise. Or if we don't have a  bill of right to guarantee minorities are kept safe. Here are some:

  • Scenario #1: A referendum on making housing; food and energy free. It passes by 90% vote. International observers verify it is 100% legitimate. Results: with free everything people stop working. Government must import workers just to keep the oil industry working to pay for all the "benefits". Once the oil runs out Iran is ***. You see a bit of it in Kuwait already.  People get too lazy and without initiative. At best they become decedent and worthless.
  • Scenario #2: The Shia majority votes to further restrict rights of minorities. With no King to protect them the minimal protections for Sunni; Jews; Christians and Zoroastrians are removed. Massive fights and ethnic cleansing follows.
  • Scenario #3: Majority angry at 33 years of attacks on Iranian nationalism votes in an ultra nationalist government. The government cracks down big time on all "non patriots". Iranian Arabs get viewed with suspicion and some call for their deportation. A massive military buildup and demands to reclaim "Persian" lands. Including Bahrain; eastern Iraq  and those lost to Russia. This is a replay of 1933 Germany. 


In conclusion I say thanks but no thanks not yet anyway. I rather have a secular Shah than a half baked Democracy. Remember the USA did not start with voting rights for all. It took years to get there and maybe it was the right thing. 


Well said VPK

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

Its easy to criticize, not so easy to honestly have a better solution.  The hip thing these days among Irooni's is democrazy, obviously this will lead to even worse than we have today but what can you do?  If we were dealing with wise people Iran would not have given up its best quality, the monarchy for its worst, islam.  The pain that iranians are causing each other to go through is good in the sense that it develops & requires wisdom to get out of it, which is how we developed a monarchy in the first place and why other societies reverted back to it when they had the chance.


اتفاقا ما مردم آریایی ایران در همه چیز رتبه اول هستیم...


دروغ گویی، چاپلوسی، ظاهر بینی‌ و بی‌ عقلی، هیجان گیری و داد و قال کردن  و تهمت زدن با هر بدبختی که یک ذره حرف مطابق به ما نزنه، از همه مهمتر، به سادگی‌ گول خوردن از هر مادر قحبه که به اسم شاه یا شیخ قدرت به دست گرفته و با سؤ استفاده از احساسات ملی‌ و مذهبی‌ ما، به دوران چپاول و قتل و غارتش ادامه میدهد.

حالا همه با هم بگیم با دهان کفّ کرده: زنده بد برادران بسیجی‌ و سپاهی که پریروز تظاهر  کنندگان  بی‌ دفاع ایران رو قتل ام میکردند و حالا هواپیمای جاسوسی آمریکایی‌ میزنن برامون، (مثلا)...



"It's Turkey that surprised me actually"

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

Nothing surprising about Turkey's very poor human rights record,  unless you have such a soft spot for turks or hatred for kurds which forces you to overlook the brutal nature of a third world dictatorship, begging to be recognised as "Europeans". 

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Re: Theocracy

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


I remember in 1970s "Jomhory Islami" was real hip. Now I was one of the few who never bought into it. How many of you spoke against it? How many of you bought into it. Very easy now to condemn it.

But really think and ask yourselves if you opposed it when it mattered. Or at the minimum did not fall for it. Or did you jump on the band wagon only to jump off now. You know your own positions better than I or anyone would know.


Sad record but not surprising

by Rea on

It's Turkey that surprised me actually. 

Jeesh Daram

ایران اول شد

Jeesh Daram

ما در تمام این سی و دو سال و 150 سال قبل از آن در خفقان آزادی بیان مقام اول را داشتیم و خودشان هم میدانستند.  منتهی حق مارا میخورند و ما را دوم و سوم اعلام میکنند.  ما در کشتی سوم هستیم، در جوجوتسو دوم ولی ما رتبه اول را در خفقان سیاسی داریم  همینطور نفت خام ارزان

Anonymous Observer

Indeed JJ, indeed....

by Anonymous Observer on

the ONLY theocracy in the 20th and 21st centuries.  I have been saying this for a while now.

And what does this say about our culture?  Is it ALL IR's fault, or are we to also to blame for our collective mindest?  The IR is a creature of our culture.

Jahanshah Javid

Pround Iranians?

by Jahanshah Javid on

While we like to busy our mind with the past and handpick great moments, fabulous poets, wonderful artists... ultimately we have to face the present, awful reality that Iran is not only the worst jailer of journalists, but also near the bottom of the list of countries with political prisoners. And one of the worst in abusing religious minorities. The wost, after Saudi Arabia, in the humiliating way it treats women. Among the least free countries in the world. And the ONLY theocracy, after the Vatican.

I can't feel proud of being an Iranian.


I suspect this is not the only glorious record held by IRI..

by Bavafa on

Nevertheless, their practice of fear, intimidation, random injustice for their citizen and thievery needs to be condemned by all with a firm demand for release of all political prisoners

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



ژرنالیسم مال خر است



خوب البته که از برکت سر نظام مقدس ما در زمینه‌های مختلف رتبه اول داریم.  هدف فقط و فقط اول بودن است.  موضوع مهم نیست.  خودتان را مشغول جزئیات نکنید که توجه به جزئیات کار شیطان است.

تبریک به جمیع امت اسلام.

السّلام  علیکم و رحمت الله و برکاته