"Iranians have been making fun of Netanyahu’s ignorance about the realities of life in Iran after he said they were banned from wearing jeans. Picking up a little bit of Persian slang might help."
Banned Books week — September 22nd - 28th, 2013
Iran has released the award-winning human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and several other political prisoners from jail a week before President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to New York for the UN general assembly, in what appears to be the most tangible sign of change so far under his moderate administration.
The authorities drove Sotoudeh from Evin prison in Tehran to her house in another part of the Iranian capital and told her she did not need to return to jail.
"They were quite certain this time that I’m freed and I don’t need to go back," the 45-year-old women’s rights activist told the Guardian by phone from her home.
“Iranian Internet users reacted to the apparent unblocking on Monday as if a digital Berlin Wall had just crumbled on their computer screens.”