Sunday, June 04, 2006

Akbar Ganji Arrives in Moscow to Receive Press Freedom Award

From Moscow News,
Dissident Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji has arrived in Moscow to receive the World Association of Newspaper’s Golden Pen of Freedom award, his first
opportunity to address an international audience since his release from prison
in March.

It wasn’t clear whether Ganji would be free to leave Iran until he arrived in Moscow on Friday. He will address more than 1,700 newspaper publishers, chief editors and other senior newspaper executives and their guests on Monday during the opening ceremony of the World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum, the global meetings of the world’s press.
Read Ganji's essay on Simin Behbahani. Compare his knowleged of Western writiers and Western Liberalism (He quotes Paul Tillich). Speculate a bit on what you think western intellectuals and writers know of Iran.

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