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Journalist, blogger, poet and human rights advocate Morteza Abdolalian spent much of his academic and professional career abroad following the 1979 Revolution in Iran. He first settled in the Philippines, where he continued his studies. After returning to Iran in the early 1980s, he was arrested at the airport and fingered as a leader of the student movement. Morteza was taken to the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran, where he was subjected to intense interrogations. Although released a couple of weeks later, he was often harassed on the telephone and detained. After being abducted off the street, his armed attacker released him but promised to return. Morteza, no longer feeling safe, doctored his passport and fled Iran.
After a short stay in Japan, Morteza settled in Canada. He writes for several Farsi-language newspapers in Canada. He is a member of the Oakville Writers' Group and a published poet. Most recently, in April 2005, he gave a reading at the Hamilton Poetry Centre as part of PEN Canada's Readers & Writers program. Morteza Abdolalian is currently managingIran Watch Canada (www.moriab.blogspot.com) which monitors Free Expression and human rights in Iran.
n to interviews with members of PEN Canada's writers-in-exile program.