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November 21, 2014 11:45 am

Khamenei Releases Iranian Blogger Accused of Spying for Israel

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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: www.sajed.ir via Wikimedia Commons.

Guardian – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, on Thursday pardoned the blogger Hossein Derakhshan after his six years in prison for spreading propaganda, insulting Islam and cooperating with hostile countries, Iranian media reported.

Iranian bloggers credit Derakhshan, an Iranian-Canadian journalist who lived in Tehran before moving to Toronto in 2000, with launching a blogging revolution in the Islamic republic by publishing instructions on the subject in Farsi. No reason was given for his release.

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