Episode 3: Freedom of Press


In this episode Mohsen Sazegara and Roozbeh Mirebrahimi discuss the definition and mechanisms of freedom of press. In this discussion, they address the role and critical importance of freedom of press for a functional democracy. They argue that that free press connects the various aspects of freedom of expression and democracy. Further, the two experts discuss the status and limitations of freedom of press in today’s Iran.


Mohsen Sazegara and Roozbeh Mirebrahmi
Dr. Mohsen Sazegara is an Iranian journalist and a political activist. Having received his PhD from University of London in religious intellectualism in Islam, Dr. Sazegara played a key role in the establishment of the Islamic Republic. Later, given his role in the reformist press, and due to health issues, he had to leave the country. He continues his political and democracy activism while in the US.

Roozbeh Mirebrahimi is an Iranian journalist and blogger. A recipient of the 2006 Human Rights Watch Award, Mirebrahimi spent 60 days in an Iranian prison due to his work to give press coverage to human rights violations in the Islamic Republic. While in exile in the US, he continues his work as a journalist and a human rights advocate.
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