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The high price of free speech
The Islamic Republic of Iran has a long history of choking free speech by any means necessary. Many translators have experienced the heavy, and at times deadly, hand of the state when they expressed their thoughts.
Mysterious deaths, sudden disappearances, spurious arrests, harsh interrogations, fabricated charges, and inhumane conditions at Tehran’s Evin Prison and other correctional facilities are some of the hallmarks of these persecutions. Among the victims are Ahmad Mir Alai, Mohammad Jafar Pouyandeh, Mohammed Soleimani Nia, Manijeh Naim Araghi, Ghaffar Hosseini, Bahman Daroshafaei, Marjan Davari, Anisha Asadollahi and Keyvan Mohtadi.