“We are Censored” by Morteza Esmailpour

Sometimes we become our own problem. It is now over ten years that I write for various publications. Since the beginning in Iran, we learn to doubt our thoughts. We ask ourselves repeatedly, “Should I say this? Should I write this? What are the redlines? What if they criticize me? What if they arrest me for it? What if the subject of my article gets into trouble?” All of these doubts become the dominant force manipulating our thoughts and words. We fear the next day as we hesitantly write down our thoughts.

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Morteza Esmailpour
Morteza Esmailpour, an Iranian Shi’ite Muslim, served a six-month prison term in Iran for his refusal to implicate Baha’i aid workers he served with after the 2012 Azerbaijan earthquakes.


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