Author(s): Maziar Bahari
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Maziar Bahari left London in June 2009 to cover Iran's contested presidential elections for Newsweek magazine. He thought he'd be returning in just a few days to Paola, his pregnant fiancee. Instead, he was incarcerated under false charges of espionage in Evin, a state prison notorious for its role in Iran's history of torture and oppression. Suffering regular beatings, forced confessions, and threats of execution, Bahari draws strength from the similar experiences of his family in the past: his father was imprisoned by the shah in the1950s, and his sister by Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1980s. Exposing the contradictions at the heart of Ahmadinejad's paranoid regime, this inspiring and often witty story of one family's courage in the face of repression is also a beautifully written portrait of modern Iran.
London-based Iranian journalist and film-maker Maziar Bahari was arrested without charge during the 2009 Iranian election protests. His family's campaign for his release won international support, including from Panorama, The Daily Show, Channel 4 News, The New York Times and the Economist, among many others.