"After I entered the profession I realized that being a journalist and a critic of the political authority in Iran meant that your publication could be shut down and you could end up in prison. However, I had fallen in love with journalism."
For the Iran watchers and policy makers who think President Rouhani has any real authority in Iran, know that the absolute power in Iran and man responsible for this evil is Ayatollah Khamenei, along with the other unelected members of the Supreme Council.
Is the nuclear program more important in Islamic Republic's quest for status and power than overcoming the economic malaise, the terrible pollution gripping its capital and the growing suffocation of civil liberties?
Despite the hazards that have threatened her life and the life of her family, Parisa Hafezi, bureau chief for Reuters in Iran, has fought efforts to censor reporting and has battled against tough restrictions on women in the media.
Iranian women have once more become the standard by which degrees of freedom can be measured. Their resistance will not only shape Iran's future, but have far-reaching effects on Muslim countries and the way Islam is defined.
While purporting to hold the values of Islam and the 1979 Revolution sacrosanct, the current actions of the Iranian government demonstrate that when threatened, they are willing to turn their backs on both and erase the decades of struggle that improved the status of women in Iran today.