35-year-old’s Saeed Malekpour, a permanent resident of Canada is arrested and sentenced to death due to designing and moderating adult websites.
So here’s the complete news on BBC :
There are few things that I wonder here. First, the nature of this guy’s job (designing porn websites) is not prohibited in the country he resided and it also turned out that this guy was a freelance website developer and programmer responsible for developing only parts of websites or portions involving, for example, IT system management and system security. So for sake of argument, let’s say I get a job as a Quality Control Analyst in Steam whistle or Molson Canadian. then should I worry about traveling to Iran since what I’m doing is “being involved with an activity against the Islamic supplementary of the constitution law”?
My point is, for the Iranian government, they don’t care about what activity you’re involved (As this poor guy’s accusation clearly shows :”taking action against national security”, “contact with foreign entities” and “insulting the supreme leader and president(Come on who doesn’t?)”). They’re trying to draw a picture of “Watch out , Big Brother is watching you!” in the immigrants heads. It just seems funnier and funnier once you hear about this “Iranian-Cyber-Army” thing that apparently is a branch of “Ministry of Interior and Security” that is consisted of bunch of full-time employees that sit by their computers and go through Facebook profiles to see who’s linked to who.
AND last but not least, I wanna point out the statement from spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister regarding this issue:
“Canada remains deeply concerned by the continued flagrant disregard of the Iranian authorities for the right of Iranians,” said Alain Cacchione, a spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Lawerence Cannon.
My question is, is this the furthest Canada can get? There has been other cases such as Zahra Kazemi a 60-year-old Ira-Canadian freelance photographer who got tortured and raped and eventually killed during interrogation in 2004. I think Canada’s government is acting too passive regarding the security of immigrant citizens. Despite a wave of Iranian business owners and students leaving Iran to Canada in past decade, most of the Iranian population of Canada are those who fled Iran or sought asylum in Canada after the revolution. My political views are strongly different from this majority however, the government should realize the potential hazards for the immigrants that will definitely grow stronger by growth of new-comer population in Canada and act less conservative in this case.