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Death of Hyperlink: The Aftermath

Must read: The free flow of information that journalist Hossein Derakhshan spent years in an Iranian jail for is dying. vHelp us ‪#‎SaveTheLink‬:  http://SaveTheLink.org Article by Hossein Drakhshan Last November, I walked out of an Iranian jail after six years. The most shocking news I learned after that? It was not President Barack Obama’s acknowledgment of Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear technology, nor the death of NDP Leader Jack Layton, nor the abrupt disappearance of the Canadian embassy in Tehran. It was the death of the Web as I knew it.

In late 2000, I had immigrated to Canada, and from a small rental apartment in Toronto, I democratized writing in my homeland — through introducing, facilitating and promoting blogs.

Right after the tragic terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, I found myself reading online personal diaries to see what that day meant to Americans. I used to be a tech journalist in Iran, and blogs could help me reconnect with readers of my popular daily column in a reformist Iranian paper. I started my own blog and assisted many of my readers in Iran and abroad to do the same.

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