● ISG's Past Lecture :
● Speaker: Farid Haerinejad , Nazli Kamvari
● Date & time: Saturday April 15th 2006, 4:00-5:30 pm
● Location: MIT Room 4-237
Blogger's war is a short documentary about Nikahang Kowsar, once Iran's famous political cartoonist and a well-known blogger. After publishing a controversial cartoon called "Professor Crocodile," which satirized a prominent Islamic cleric, Kowsar was arrested. Thousands of clerics and theological students led three days of protest in the holy city of Qom, demanding Kowsar's execution. Detained in the notorious Evin prison, Kowsar's case was handled by Saeed Mortazavi, the Chief Prosecutor of Tehran. However, due to international pressure, Kowsar was released from prison. In fear of his life, left behind his wife and young daughter and fled Iran for Canada. In Toronto, Kowsar joined a leading and internationally regarded group of politically active Iranian bloggers. They have started an online fight for free speech in Iran. It is a war with direct casualties, as bloggers who remain in Iran are constantly subject to arrest and persecution, as we see in the film.
Farid Haerinejad is a producer/editor at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His work at the CBC includes national and international programs and shows such as: