There is good news from Iran and there is bad news. The good news is that two German journalists who were arrested for daring to talk with the son of a woman who faces death by stoning are still alive, the bad news is they are in some jail for the heinous crime of talking with unauthorized people. Sajjad Qaderzadeh, whose mother is in prison and facing stoning death, was in his lawyer’s office talking with the Germans when the door burst open and police rushed in to prevent further words from being uttered. Ironically, he had just told reporters of his fear that at any moment police would arrest him for the crime of having the wrong mother. Iranian authorities apparently live in terror that words will be uttered informing the world about the nutty case of Sakineh Mohammedi Astiani who hovers in jail awaiting punishment. Originally, she was accused of adultery which would lead to being stoned, but when word got out to the world, her crime suddenly became plotting to murder her husband.
Over thirty years ago, the world was thrilled by news of a revolution in Iran that deposed of its authoritarian king. The world hoped it would usher in a new Iran in which freedom was embedded in its country’s laws. Alas, the dream has become a nightmare.