Iranian-Canadian Blogger Gets 19.5 Years in Jail

An Iranian news Web site reported that Hossein Derakhshan, an influential Iranian-Canadian blogger who was arrested two years ago when he returned from self-imposed exile to live in Iran, was sentenced to nearly two decades in prison by a court in Tehran. As Cyrus Farivar, an Iranian-American journalist, noted on his blog, Iran’s Mashregh News reported that Mr. Derakhshan sentenced to 19.5 years in jail for “conspiring with hostile governments, spreading propaganda against the Islamic system, spreading propaganda in favor of counterrevolutionary groups, blasphemy, and creating and managing obscene Web sites.”