Monday, May 08, 2006

On Jahanbegloo and the internal popularity of the Iranian regime

According to a Reuters report, quoting Deputy Tehran Prosecutor Mahmoud Salarkia last Wednesday, the prominent Iranian philosopher and writer Ramin Jahanbegloo has been arrested on unspecified charges:

Jahanbegloo, educated at the Sorbonne in Paris and Harvard University, has written more than 20 books in English, French and Persian on subjects such as Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi and liberal political philosopher Isaiah Berlin.
Head of the Department for Contemporary Studies at the Cultural Research Bureau in Tehran, he has also lectured on the prospects for democracy in Iran and on whether the Islamic state can engage with the West.

The most interesting part of the report is a one-liner: "Iran's judiciary has arrested dozens of journalists and closed more than hundred publications since 2000".

I was aware of the Iranian regime's censorship and crackdown on free speech in general terms but I was unaware of the scale of the repression.

So you can assess for yourself how popular the regime is inside Iran.

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