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Detained by the Iranian government for 118 days, journalist Maziar Bahari was taken in to custody on June 21st and held in Tehran’s Evin prison.
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Now freed, he will be on Wednesday’s show to talk about his horrific experience.
A correspondent for U.S. magazine Newsweek, Bahari was reporting on Iran’s highly controversial Presidential elections, in June 2009.
The elections saw incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announce a victory with 62% of the votes cast, but many analysts voiced doubts about the authenticity of the results. During a series of protests staged in Tehran, authorities clamped down and made arrests of demonstrators, dissenting voices, and journalists.
Among them, Maziar Bahari, dual citizen of Canada and Iran, whose wife Paola Gourley was pregnant at the time.
He was accused of being a spy and forced to make a false confession acknowledging that western journalists conduct espionage.
At times during his imprisonment he was so fearful for his situation that he considered committing suicide.
Send your questions here for Maziar Bahari and we’ll put the best of them to him on Wednesday’s show.