I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to death your right to say it. ~ Evelyn Beatrice Hall
This foundation was launched in April 2013 in the memory of late Siamak Pourzand, an Iranian journalist and a former prisoner of conscience in Iran who took his own life under house arrest in 2011. The Siamak Pourzand Foundation (SPF) promotes freedom of expression for artists, writers, journalists and creative minds in contexts where the censorship apparatus is hard at work. An independent organization, with 501(c) (3) status and no political affiliation, SPF operates as a non-governmental and not-for-profit entity.
Our three main goals are to:
on the practices of freedom of expression through knowledge-sharing and dialogue
freedom of expression, rule of law, civil and human rights
the rights of creative professionals and amateurs in their struggles against censorship
In the midst of politicized despair in today’s Iran, in an environment where people have learned to look ahead and get by, many Iranian artists, authors, journalists and creative minds have not let go of their voice. They have lived to express their feelings and thoughts in spite of censorship and the fear of ending up in prisons made for those who dare to speak up. Without the desire to become political and national heroes, they have created space in the private of their small rooms and studios in order to preserve the voices that are muted by those who govern. This project, “Shiva: Struggles against Censorship in Iran”, belongs to them!