I’m Masoud Lavasani (
Seyed Masoud Hoseini Lavasani ) Journalist & activist against censorship in
Iran. I have
worked more than ten years in print & cyber media. During my media
activities ,I have been time and time threatened , assaulted and persecuted by
security & censorship organizations . Before the year 2009, many times I
was threatened for arrest and two times through pressure from Censorship
organization , Ministry of Guidance and “Sepah “ forced my employer to expel me from my job. In
September 2009 I was arrested by “Sepah”
and more than 40 days I was under intense interrogation and torture. I
was tortured two times by electrical shock and was assaulted and beaten ( In a
way that my neck was severely hurt and went under operation for cut in neck
muscle ). They strike blow on my testicles . I was under severe pressure to
confess that I had sexual relation with my co-employees and I was tortured many
times to go in front of camera for unfounded confession against myself. At last
in the first court I was sentenced to eight
and a half years imprisonment and was also deprived the entire of my
life from practicing journalism. This is while, the court was told that my
charges were the written subjects in my blog and contrary to the Islamic law
there were no jury present at my trial ( Based on Islamic Republic’s
constitution the media trial must take place in media court with the presence
of media law, while I was tried in a security court and under the influence of
Sepah ( Revolutionary Guards). During my entire imprisonment and until the
moment before trial, I was unable to talk to my lawyer and thereafter until preparation
of my defence arguments ,I never had permission to meet my lawyer.
Months after my imprisonment , many times because of my
protest about the countries situation ( media censorship, ban on newspaper ,
journalists arrest and…..) , time and time I was not allowed to see my family
members by judiciary power of the Islamic Republic.
In the spring of 2010
in protest to the inhuman condition of the political
prisoners, I went on hunger strike together with Mr. Eisa Saharkheiz other
imprison journalist in the Islamic Republic prison which resulted other
journalist around the world joining us in
During my imprisonment , because of the bad condition of the
Evin prison and torture , time and time fell into acute illness, smallpox
,sever nervous breakdown , temporary blindness, heart attack and…….. In July 2010 ,I spent one month on a
bed in an isolated room.
In September 2011 after 24 months imprisonment and with a
sentencing of 10 years prevention from practicing journalism profession ,I was
released from prison and was hospitalized for neck operation which was an
injury during my imprisonment . In January 2011 my wife together with doctor
Said Madani and Ehsan Houshmand were arrested in a wave of journalists &
blogers arrest and was detained for a month in Ward 209 of the Evin prison.
Following the arrest of my wife in connection with “Ghalame
Sabz” newspaper ( Green pen newspaper) ,I was also interrogated in front of my little
boy for 10 hours . Following that, time and time I was summoned and
interrogated by security forces for signing petitions in support of
journalists. My wife was expelled from “ Hamshahri “ newspaper where she was
working and with pressure by security forces I was also unable to work with a
cinema & TV producer.
In March 23rd
2012, I was arrested without warrant of arrest by judge and
kidnapped in the streets of Tehran
and was kept in an unknown detention for two days.
Telephone summoning and continues thereat against my family
members by security agents were unbearable. In December my wife together with
our child were assaulted and she was wounded by security forces while walking
on the side walk. The police forces of the Islamic Republic didn’t follow the
complaint my wife made against the assailants. (IRAN WATCH CANADA
: This was translated and reported in IWC ).
During the new wave of Journalists arrest which happened at
night, with an attack on the offices of four Newspapers and two magazines ,the
forces of the Ministry of Information attended at my house to arrest me too ,
but I wasn’t home and not arrested .
From that date on , I didn’t go home and started an underground
life in Iran for
a few weeks with the hope that they won’t come after me, but with their return
to my home again , I decided to leave the country . During this time, the
ministry of information in a statement mentioned about my underground life and
escape from the country and when the interrogators of the Ministry of
Information contacted my home , it was told
that I left the country.
Well, in short ,since the Government security and censorship
organizations didn’t like my media activities in the past years ,they tried in
different ways to hurt and assault on me & my family. The 10 years
sentencing banning me from media activities was more hurtful than the 24 months
imprisonment and torture, because , they have targeted
directly on me and my family’s rights to live. With the increase in assault and
bothering by the Islamic Republic security forces and threat on my life and had
no the choice but to leave Iran.
I ask from all conscientious people to echo the voice of my
oppressed family. My little boy who passed two years of his little life without
father and time and time witnessed his father and mothers arrest and even he
himself witnessed the assault by interrogators in Evin prison , today is
deprived of his least human rights.
My son was two years on speech improvement treatment and
today he faces many challenges.
Today the security of me and my family’s life and economic
and mental health is endangered in Iran
and now that i have left Iran without any other choice , my only hope is support from my professional colleagues.
Hoping for the release of all imprisoned Journalists .
Hoping for the removal of all kinds of Censorship against
And hoping for good days for all humans.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Attempt on the life of a journalist in Iran !
On the evening of Thursday Jan.24 Fatemeh kharadmand a reformist
journalist and a supporter of Green Movement was walking at around
"Shohada" Square in Tehran with her son ,when unknown motor cycle
riders attacked on her in sidewalk. According to Kharadmand, she saw a
motorcycle got into the sidewalk and drove straight at her and her little son
,but when the driver failed to do their intention ,stopped the motorcycle and
the woman passenger of the motorcycle attacked on her and escaped when the people
tried to go after them .
In the past Fatemeh Kharadmand was arrested and detained for her support to
Green Movement and Musavi.Fatemeh is the wife of imprisoned journalist Masoud
Lavasani the editorial member of " Ghalame Sabz" Newspaper.