Akbar Ganji

Akbar Ganji


Born
in Téhrân, Iran
February 01, 1960

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Akbar Ganji ( born 31 January 1960 in tehran) is an Iranian journalist and writer. He has been described as a "wildly popular pro-democracy journalist" who has crossed press censorship "red lines" regularly, and received "death threats from government-affiliated thugs almost daily. A supporter of the Islamic regime as a youth, he became dissenchanted in the mid-1990s and served time in Tehran's Evin Prison from 2001 to 2006 after publishing a series of stories on the murder of dissident authors known as the Chain Murders of Iran. While in prison he issued a manifesto which established him as the first "prominent dissident, believing Muslim and former regime supporter" to call for a replacement of Iran's theocratic system with "a islamic sec ...more

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“It is possible that members of a society, when faced with a conflict between Right A and Right B, will prefer Right A, while the people of another society will choose Right B. Both societies respect both
rights, but in the realm of reality, they must subordinate one to the other. For example, when there is relative security, citizens do not allow the police to randomly intercept documents or to conduct bodily searches on a mere suspicion. But when the society's sense of security is threatened, the citizenry might grant the police these rights. On this point, however, we need to be very clear. It is the society itself, not its rulers, that can make the decision to temporarily temper some rights. No government or authority may suspend rights secretly or without the direct approval of the people themselves. Any suspension of rights must also be clearly and unambiguously limited to short duration. And we must always be conscious that those who do not want to respect human rights can use emergencies to their advantage. History is full of such examples.”
Akbar Ganji, The Road to Democracy in Iran



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