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Josh Fattal

Dear Imprisoned Journalists, "We Are With You" on World Press Freedom Day

Farah Mawani | Posted 05.04.2016 | Impact
Farah Mawani

May 3 was World Press Freedom Day. I think of journalists, writers... all those wrongfully imprisoned around the world. I think of their trauma, and their loved ones' trauma. And I think of their courage.

Former Iran Hostage Urges Congress to Support Nuclear Talks With Iran

Maiya Zwerling | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Maiya Zwerling

I had the opportunity ask former Iran hostage Josh Fattal a few questions about his imprisonment, his release, and how it has contributed to the ongoing Iranian nuclear talks. As we near the July 20 deadline for a final deal, let us hope that Josh's vision for a more secure and peaceful Middle East is realized.

After Being Held For Years In An Iranian Prison, These Americans Are Sounding Off On Guantanamo

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

Years after being released from prison in Iran, three American hikers sounded off Wednesday on why the U.S. was partially to blame for the ordeal they...

Well On My Way: Transforming a Hike to Captivity Into a Walk to Freedom

Farah Mawani | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
Farah Mawani

"I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after ...

Andrea Stone

American Hiker Imprisoned In Iran Finds California Cells Worse

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 10.18.2012 | World

An American freelance journalist who spent more than two years in an Iranian prison said he can relate to inmates in U.S. prisons who face indefinite ...

Credit Crisis

Alex Fattal | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Alex Fattal

The nightmare of my brother Josh's 781 days of arbitrary detention in Iran finally ended on September 21, 2011. There are many who received far less public credit than they should have. Atop that list are President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton.

Iran: Stop Playing Games With My Lawyer's Life

Sarah Shourd | Posted 06.05.2012 | World
Sarah Shourd

Mr. Masoud Shafii did everything in his power to defend Josh's, Shane's and my innocence within the parameters of Iranian law. By punishing Mr. Shafii, the Iranian government is sending a message.

Gilad Shalit, Iran Hiker Josh Fattal And Freedom Of Religion

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.06.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

I was thinking about the reaction to Josh Fattal's safe return home to the U.S. as I read a report about an Israeli Knesset member's outrage that Gilad Shalit traveled to a beach on his first Shabbat of freedom.

Sean Penn, Hero? Worked To Free American Prisoners In Iran

Posted 11.26.2011 | Entertainment

Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, American hikers imprisoned in Iran under suspicion of espionage, were freed last week after over two years as hostages. I...

Iran's Seat Does Not Belong to Clerical Rulers

Alireza Jafarzadeh | Posted 11.21.2011 | World
Alireza Jafarzadeh

As Ahmadinejad prepares to speak at the UN on Thursday, the media would do better to pay attention to the voices of change in Iran.

How The Iran Hikers Could Have Avoided Their Hellish Holiday

Christian Kallen | Posted 11.21.2011 | Travel
Christian Kallen

Sure, GPS is a nice traveling companion when you're just knocking about, but working with experts can help travelers avoid a trip through hell.

Iran Hikers: U.S. Government Pawns

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 10.29.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Since Iran announced its verdict last week for the pair of American hikers caught in 2009 along the Iran-Iraq border, a human rights issue has once again been transformed into a tool for prejudice.

Help the Hikers

Katrina Markel | Posted 09.27.2011 | San Francisco
Katrina Markel

A deadline is looming for Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. The UC Berkeley graduates are scheduled for a final hearing in an Iranian court on Sunday, July 31st, and their friends and families are asking for your help.

Two Years Too Long

Alex Fattal | Posted 09.24.2011 | Impact
Alex Fattal

This Sunday, my brother Josh and his friend Shane Bauer are due to have their final hearing in an Iranian court, where they are falsely accused of espionage. It will be exactly two years since their capture on the unmarked border with Iraqi Kurdistan.

Call to Help the Hikers

Christian Parenti | Posted 09.18.2011 | World
Christian Parenti

If you care about solidarity activism, independent reporting and the ability of progressive journalists to work on the frontlines of world events, I encourage you to speak out for two American hikers who are still being held in a 10' x 14' cell in Iran after two years.

Iran Denies Abuse Of Detained U.S. Hikers

Posted 09.01.2011 | World

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Iran denied in a statement issued by its U.N. mission on Friday that two U.S. citizens detained on spying charges have been mistr...

Iran's Physical Abuse and Psychological Torture Needs to Stop

Alex Fattal | Posted 08.13.2011 | World
Alex Fattal

Last week, our families published information that has been gnawing away at us for many months: my brother Josh and his friend Shane Bauer have been beaten while in Evin Prison in Iran and live under the fear of execution.

Unjust Detention: Five Cases and a Solidarity Fast

Tik Root | Posted 07.31.2011 | World
Tik Root

Today I am fasting. This simple act is my way of calling attention to those being unjustly detained around the world.

Hunger Strike for Josh and Shane's Freedom Rolls On

Alex Fattal | Posted 07.26.2011 | World
Alex Fattal

In the last moments of my mom's hunger strike, she began writhing in pain. Today, our family marks 664 days of a form of torture no less visceral: the involuntary absence of my younger brother Josh.

Fasting to Free the Hikers

Gotham Chopra | Posted 07.24.2011 | Impact
Gotham Chopra

Today, at this very moment hundreds of thousands -- probably millions -- of human beings are being wrongfully imprisoned around the world.

Andrea Stone

Muhammad Ali Asks Iran To Free Imprisoned American Hikers

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 07.24.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The families of two American hikers held in Iran for 662 days brought in a literal heavyweight Tuesday to appeal for their release: boxi...

Andrea Stone

American Hikers Phone Home From Iran To Say They've Been On Hunger Strike

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 07.23.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Two American hikers held in Iran on espionage charges were allowed to phone home Sunday for only the third time since they were arrested...

Andrea Stone

Moms, Friends of U.S. Hikers Held In Iran Start Solidarity Hunger Strike

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 07.19.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The mothers of two American hikers held in Iran for nearly two years said they would start a hunger strike in solidarity with their sons...

It's Time for Iran to Live Up to Its Commitment to Justice and Compassion

Desmond Tutu | Posted 07.08.2011 | World
Desmond Tutu

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have endured more than 21 months of uncertainty and isolation for no just reason and I urge the Iranian authorities to allow them finally to return home.

Doing the Right Thing -- Why Iran Should Release Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 07.01.2011 | World
José Ramos-Horta

Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd are not spies. Their mere idealism makes that crystal clear. Because Iran surely knows this to be the case, it now appears to need a graceful way out of the corner it finds itself in.