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By Daisy Williams / 9 November 2012
Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti was allegedly tortured to death in a prison in Tehran on Thursday (8 November). Beheshti, 35 was arrested on 28 October by Iranian police on charges of “actions against national security on social networks and Facebook.” The human rights defender had received death threats as a result of his anti-government blog and had reportedly filed a complaint about torture during his time in the detention facility. His family say they were told by police to pick up his body on Wednesday and have been prevented from visiting his grave, with the exception of his brother-in-law. France and Britain have called on Tehran to investigate.blogger | human rights | Iran | online censorship | prison | Tehran | torture
Shakespeare and his role in protest and dissent is the theme of next issue’s Index on Censorship magazine Staging Shakespearean Dissent; Plays That Protest, Provoke and Slip by the Censors. With articles from Simon Callow, Tom Holland, interviews with Janet Suzman and Bollywood’s Aparna Sen. Also Trumbo writer John McNamara on what Hollywood won’t screen.