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Mar 12, 2006 11:48 am

Iranian bloggers’ countdown has begun

Many Iranian bloggers, writers and journalists have started the count down until Ganji's freedom. Akbar Ganji, the most famous Iranian political prisoner, is scheduled to be released in 6 days after 6 years of imprisonment. It is hard to believe that Akbar Ganji who has endured solitary confinement, a hunger strike, and reported torture, in the last 6 years will be free, but will they release him live or dead?

The next week is a crucial month for many Iranians. Ganji has been called Vaclav Havel, referring to the former president of the Czech Republic who was a leading figure in the Anti-Soviet, Anti-Communist movement which led to the so called Velvet Revolution. However, the mainstream media outlets, such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, CNN, and the major television networks, have given the Ganji case a little coverage. Eli Lake from the New York Sun has been the only reporter who has consistently written about Ganji’s struggle. Let’s hope that media will do a better job next week.

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