Is Iran loosening its grip?
Is Iran loosening its grip?We discuss whether the release of political prisoners shows promise or political maneuvering.
An Iranian inmate peers from behind a wall as a guard walks by at the female section of the infamous Evin jail. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/GETTY)
Are Iran’s domestic policies starting to ease under President Hassan Rouhani? As the Iranian leader departed for his first UN address, authorities announced the pardon of 80 prisoners, including some who were arrested during the protests in 2009. Days earlier, eleven prominent political prisoners were freed, unexpectedly. So, is this a diplomatic move to boost Tehran’s outreach to the West or a concrete step toward Rouhani’s promised change? Iranians weigh in at 1930GMT.
In this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
Negar Mortazavi @NegarMortazavi
Masih Alinejad @Masih_Alinejad
Mehdi Saharkhiz @onlymehdi
Blogger and activist
Gissou Nia @GissouNia
Executive director, Iran Human Rights Documentation Center
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