The End of Akbar Ganji

Akbar Ganji was a people journalists. He was in the people side, and had enough courage to fight against the Islamic fascism. But when he left Iran, he changed a lot. Akbark Ganji’s story is really complicated. He was born on 31 January 1960 (age 51) in Qazvin, Iran. He grew up in a devout and impoverished family in Southern Tehran. Active in the Islamist anti-Shah forces at a “relatively early age”, he served in the Sepah, or the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) during the
Iran–Iraq War and joined the Ministry of Intelligence and National Security of Iran.
He holds a Masters degree in Communications. In 1994-5 Ganji became disenchanted with the regime, and he quit the Sepah to become an investigative journalist. Ganji’s most famous works were a series of articles about the murders of many secular intellectuals known as the Chain Murders of Iran. Akbar Ganji referred to the perpetrators of the killings with code names such as “Excellency Red Garmented” and their “Excellencies Gray” and the “Master Key” . Later published in the book, The Dungeon of Ghosts , his articles tied the killings to senior clerics, including Rafsanjani and Khamenei. Upon returning from a conference in Berlin (a conference in Berlin held by the Heinrich Boell Foundation under the title “Iran after the elections” held in the wake of the Majlis elections of February 2000 which resulted in a huge victory by reformist candidates), Ganji was arrested. He was eventually sentenced to six years in prison. Ganji was very brave, and fought against the Islamic judge in his court. Iranians don’t forget how bravely he fought against the prison guards and the Islamic judges. After his arrest, Ganji announced the “Master Key” to the chain murders was former Intelligence Minister Ayatollah Ali Fallahian . He also denounced by name some senior clerics, including Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi for having issued fatwas, or religious orders for the assassinations. Ganji was able to complete written work while in prison, including his “Republican Manifesto”, which was smuggled out of his prison cell piece by piece. In his last year in prison Ganji went on a hunger strike for more than 80 days from 19 May 2005 until early August 2005, except for a 12-day period of leave he was granted on May 30, 2005 ahead of the ninth presidential elections on 17 June 2005. His hunger strike ended after 50 days when “doctors warned he would sustain irreparable brain damage, and he relented.” Ganji was released from prison in March of 2006, with the help of his Sepahi/Ettelaati friends and left Iran shortly thereafter. Many countries around the world offered him honorary citizenship, and he traveled extensively. But recently Akbar Ganji has become dumb. [1]


In fact, when Ganji left Iran and Awarded $500,000 Milton Friedman Liberty Prize , he changed a lot. “Ganji now lives in New York. His first book in English, The Road to Democracy in Iran, was published in April 2008.” the report says. In fact, “Akbar Ganji, an Iranian writer/journalist who spent 6 years in a Tehran prison for advocating a secular democracy and exposing government involvement in the assassination of individuals who opposed Iran’s theocratic regime”, changed after leaving Iran! He has won several international awards for his work, including the World Association of Newspapers’ Golden Pen of Freedom Award, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression’s International Press Freedom Award, the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, and the John Humphrey Freedom Award. We think that these Awards changed Ganji, because he has some serious personality weakness. We had seen Ganji in Tehran, and he was not very decent and normal, but we thought “Every one has its own weak points, and Ganji is better than many other hypocrite, liar, and coward Iranian journalists.” But when he left Iran, he disappointed many of us. Apparently the outside world is not a proper place for many immature Iranians! simply because they have many weak points and mental complexes, and could change and go backwards, very easily. In 2006, after leaving Iran, Akbar Ganji repeatedly declared that he would return to Iran. We and many other Iranians knew that he bullshitted us and told lie, but he repeated this lie over and over. And it was the beginning of telling lie. Ganji’s approach totally changed after leaving Iran. Instead of focusing on Mullahs and the Islamic rapist-killer, “The Dungeon of Ghosts”, he stupidly ignored these important matters and bullshitted us about the Iranian movement, like other coward and motherf-u-c-k-er Iranian journalists. After the beginning of 2009 protests, first he had some activities for his arrested friends in Iran and wrote something about Khamenei, but after that he became dumb and betrayed the people’s hope and trust, like other jerk expats. In 2010, he even wrote: “I’m not sure that there was a coup or huge electoral fraud in the 2009 election”. He never ever criticized the US or Obama for ignoring the Iranian people and their movement. Apparently he thinks that he has reached to the wealth and fame, more than he deserved it. It’s so obvious that Ganji did not deserve the attention and respect that he received. The foolishness and betrayal of Ganji, has disappointed many ordinary Iranians, but Iranians have a new generation of real thinkers and activists that don’t have the weak points of him and other Islamist quasi-thinkers. The feature belongs to them [1]


[1] Akbar Ganji Official website

One Response to The End of Akbar Ganji

  1. […] the US. They show us a very important neglected matter :”Iranians become Dumb outside Iran”. It’s not just Akbar Ganji that had become dumb outside Iran (Of course, in the recent weeks he has tries to write more acceptable articles.) The crap that […]

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