5 tweets by Hossein Derakhshan reveal the sad and frightening truth of censorship in Iran

Derakhshan, dubbed Iran’s “blogfather” because of his role in popularizing blogging with the country’s citizens, was arrested not long after moving back to his home country from Canada in 2008. In 2010, he was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for “conspiring with hostile governments, spreading propaganda against the Islamic system, spreading propaganda in favor of counterrevolutionary groups, blasphemy, and creating and managing obscene websites.”

His pardon from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei came late Wednesday night, according to the New York Times, with no reason given. 

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