Kianush Sanjari

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Kianoosh Sanjari [1] (Persian: کیانوش سنجری‎‎) is an Iranian former blogger [2][3][4] who was arrested in Tehran on 8 October 2006 together with the cleric Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi, and Kayvan Ansari [5] while reporting on clashes between the Basij forces and supporters of the secularist cleric.[2]

Amnesty international emphasized the case of Sanjari in its campaign for freedom of expression, as Sanjari's charges stopped him from commenting and reporting the clashes on his blog, in a country where state media is heavily censored.[6]

White torture[edit]

After being arrested and taken to solitary confinement in Evin prison, he allegedly experienced white torture and commented that:

"I feel that solitary confinement - which wages war on the soul and mind of a person - can be the most inhuman form of white torture for people like me, who are arrested solely for [defending] citizens' rights. I only hope the day comes when no one is put in solitary confinement [to punish them] for the peaceful expression of his ideas." [7]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Also spelled Kianoush Kiyanoosh or Kianush Sanjari
  2. ^ a b Iran: Student activist and blogger Kianoosh Sanjari released on bail, Amnesty, 16 Jan 2007.
  3. ^ Golnaz Esfandiari, Iran: Released Student Activist Thinks Blog Riled 'Sensitivities', Radio Free Europe, January 11, 2007.
  4. ^ para 146 millones,, December 02, 2006.
  5. ^ RFE/RL Iran Report Volume 9, Number 40,, October 30, 2006.
  6. ^ Alejandra Vargas, Campaign pleads for the free expression in Internet, Nacion daily, 30 October 2006
  7. ^ Golnaz Esfandiar, Iranian activist believes blog caused detention, International Relations and Security Network (ISN), January 12, 2007