Arash Sigarchi

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Gender MALE
Industry Communications or Media
Occupation Journalist
Location Falls Church, Virginia, United States
Introduction Things haven’t been easy for Arash Sigarchi. At the age of 27, he was sent to prison for writing articles criticizing the leader of the Islamic Republic and aspects of life in Iran. He was first sentenced to 14 years, charged with "insulting Mr. Khamenei in his writings, collaboration with hostile governments, giving interviews to foreign media, and incitement of the public mind." His sentence was subsequently commuted to 3 years, of which he has served 14 months. During his time in prison, he found a lump in his mouth. It was cancer. He underwent an operation to excise the tumor as a result of which he lost part of his tongue. Sigarchi began his career in journalism when he was just 15 years old. A native of the Gilan province of northern Iran, he gained acclaim for his work as editor of Gilan Emrooz, the province’s major newspaper. When he was no longer able to publish the kind of stories he wanted to in the paper, he decided to start a blog called Panjereh Eltehab, which means “window of anxiety.” For his courage and dedication in the field of journalism in Iran, Arash Sigarchi received the Hellman/Hammett award in 2007. (from IJNet interview)
Favorite Movies "Ervand Abrahamian", "The Godfather", "Gladiator", "E.T.", "Shadows", ....
Favorite Books "khanom" by Msoud Behnoud, "Iran Between Two Revolutions" by Ervand Abrahamian, "Shahnameh poem" by Ferdosi, ...