Does no journalist at Press TV question or get to question the journalistic ethics of taking a person condemned to death and inviting them to incriminate themselves in a crime for which they have already been convicted?
Photos of Sakineh in her home circulated yesterday, giving some of us a premature sensation of relief. But anyone with knowledge of legal procedures will not be fooled by this show of strength from a powerful and brutal state.
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.
And so Iran is backing down. The Islamic Republic does it in its own way, tortuously, but it is backing down -- a fact made evident this morning in two announcements by officials from Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Former French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and French first lady Carla Bruni are among the public figures who today published open letters to Iranian death row prisoner Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.
Over a year after we celebrated the life -- and mourned the death -- of a 23-year-old Iranian protestor named Neda, another very different image caught the world's attention: that of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two.