Kaveh Taheri is a Turkey-based Iranian Researcher and Writer Interested in Investigative Journalism Regarding Politics, Economy, Social and Human Rights. Taheri fled Iran through Turkey to save his life. He has lived in Turkey since 2013, after fleeing his home country. Taheri was designated an imprisoned blogger by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). He was arrested on the morning of Sunday, September 23, 2012, in connection with his blog.After his arrest, Taheri was detained in “Pelak-e 100,” a detention center operated by the of Intelligence, located on Sepah Street in Shiraz, and then imprisoned in Shiraz’s Adel Abad prison. While in custody, Taheri was held in solitary confinement, subjected to psychological torture, threatened with rape by other prisoners, and forced to give false confessions that were taped by the Iranian authorities. In its 2013 “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,” the U.S. Department of State mentioned Taheri as an imprisoned blogger who was held for more than four months without trial, including 52 days of detention in a Ministry of Intelligence known as Number 100, before being transferred to Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz. Life in Exile Taheri now works on exposing what the mainstream media is often reluctant to do so. He works on the Middle East issues, especially Iran, while attempting to improve living conditions for refugees awaiting resettlement in Turkey. He has repeatedly protested against the excruciating life refugees in Turkey experience, covering the subject in numerous articles and news reports. He has written numerous articles and stories on Iran since fleeing the country. Taheri was one of the Iranian dissidents who criticized the Iran Deal in 2015.
Prabalta Rijal worked as a journalist for the past twelve years and she has done extensive reporting on human rights issues around the world specifically in Asia and Africa, she has also handled reporting teams at various levels. She began her career as a volunteer at government-run National English Daily, The Rising Nepal and by the time she left the organization in 2014 she had already been promoted as Desk Editor. She has also worked with The Oslo Times as The Chief International Correspondent.
Sophie Baron is a New York City-based political analyst, human rights activist, and cultural historian. Born in London of a mixed Iranian and British background, she has been been involved with the Iranian pro-democracy movement for over 15 years. Her writings have appeared on The Free Iranian, The Free Iran Herald, and the Gateway Pundit.