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Academic Bio :
Soheil Asefi is an independent journalist who, at a very young age, started writing articles and covered the Majlis in Iran. He worked for various media and publications such as the newspaper Shargh, writing columns on politics and history. He has interviewed numerous high- ranking government officials as well as many academics. He was arrested in 2007 and spent three months in Evin, mostly in the notorious 209 ward. He spent part of his incarceration in solitary confinement. He was released on bail set at 500K which was unprecedented for a journalist. He left Iran in 2008 with a scholarship from PEN, German division and is currently residing in Nuremburg, Germany. He is a member of the International Federation of Journalists and a guest of the human rights office of the city of Nuremburg. In 2009, he won the Hermann Kesten award. He is a member of the jury of the international human rights film festival, Perspective. Soheil is a graduate of Soureh University in film studies.
Concise Paper Title :
Journalism in Iran: Perspectives and Analyses. Where Do Independent
Paper Abstract (maximum of 400 words) :
Soheil Asefi will examine the work of independent journalists in Iran, his own
experience working for different newspapers, the challenges he faced, and the many
obstacles he had to overcome with regard to censorship by editors of government-run
papers and reformist papers. He will offer a broad overview of the current state of
the Green movement.