Sunday, June 28, 2009

Where is Amir?


Today is not the first day of the month and though the City Daily Photo bloggers have arranged a "sub theme day" to support Amir, the owner of a daily photo blog from Tehran called Tehranlive.org, who has been reported missing - well at least who stopped blogging - since June 17, 2009. We are all concerned about his situation and we want him back! More in this forum, and, like for all theme days click here to view thumbnails for all participants. [update] Amir is safe and sound with his family, as reported on Oeirasdailyphoto.

52 comments:

  1. I took a look at his blog site. Life is so different! ;-(
    I do hope he will be back soon !!
    Thanks for letting us know.

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  2. This is such a terrible news and so sad that people are not free to express themself finding a reprimend when they do it so.
    I truely pray and hope for his safe return with his beloved ones.

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  3. I hope to see many of us on the CDP echo your post today Eric. We have to be the voice of those that can't be.

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  4. I hope our blogging about this issue increases awareness and contributes to peace. I'm such a dreamer

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  5. Thank you for taking part and including your viewers. We need to know what is going on with people in oppressed places as they struggle for freedom.

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  6. Mine is not officially a daily photo blog, but I've added my voice to all the CDPs in the hope that Amir is okay and that freedom will prevail in Iran, despite everything. This is such a touching photo, Eric—and thanks for the links.

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  7. Well done Eric, I hope that by adding our voices we can raise awareness and let people know they are not forgotten by the rest of the world.

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  8. Ann is right: they are not forgotten. Does that help? Will it make a difference? I truly hope so.
    Amir: I hope you are safe and back to blogging soon.

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  9. I am just so glad you added your not-small voice to support Amir and his countrymen, Eric. Because of you, Alexa has added her voice too. Thank you.

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  10. There is a place in the world for dreaming: and dreaming as a community is even better.

    I am so glad you posted on this special Theme Day. We want our bloggere back. The world is watching.

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  11. The commemoration of the situation in Iran is a great use of the City Daily Photo bloggers. We should be able to marshall together enough publicity and support for the missing blogger a
    that hopefully he will be released from prison and may continue to share his experienes.

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  12. Iran has been blocking cell and Internet usage, so hopefully that's all it is.

    I was hoping Iran would go into a peaceful revolution, but I think that's out of the question at this point.

    I'm wishing Amir the best of luck. It takes a special kind of courage to get information out that the government doesn't want to see the light of day.

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  13. It's really awful that no-one knows where he is. I didn't know about this arrangement with the blogs. I guess if you're not in the forum, you're not in the loop :)
    I'm not sure I have time now but will try to post something today in support.

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  14. Great post for todays support for Amir

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  15. So glad you all are doing this. Was at a party last night where when the Michael Jackson music played, everyone suddenly became his biggest fan. On the other hand, I don't remember a single discussion taking place about Iran.

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  16. Lynn said, "I'm not sure I have time now but will try to post something today in support."

    Busy twittering Lynn?(is that the correct vernacular?)

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  17. Great that you also joined to supporting people in Iran!
    Best regards,
    m_m

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  18. What happened at the British Embassy in Tehran worried me, so did Amir.

    It reminds me of a documentary named "Burma VJ". For almost 3 years, a tenacious band of Burmese reporters faced down death to expose the repressive regime controlling their country. There were times when Internet was shut down; mobile cut off.

    Wren, if you want to know what is going on with people in oppressed places as they struggle for freedom. Here is the link:

    http://festival.sundance.org/2009/film_events/films/burma_vj

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  19. Eric, did you ever imagine what you started when you founded the CDP community, both direct and extended? All of these voices speaking up for freedom even when others can't... what a sign of hope.

    Petrea, you're a practical dreamer. You take action to help move those dreams to fruition.

    Amir, thoughts and prayers to you and yours.

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  20. No Michael. Fundraiser event for hospital which treated friend's daughter who died, aged 16. Miniscule Twittering today lol.

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  21. NewsFlash from Al Jazeera...

    "In addition to western media outlets such as BBC News and CNN, Al Jazeera has learned that Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has now accused Daily Photo Blogger Eric Tenin as meddling in Iran's internal affairs." Khamenei went on to say during Friday prayers, "Mr. Tenin should be dealt with harshly!"

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  22. Hi Eric!
    It´s terrible to hear that one of the bloggers is missing, this situation in Iran is really sad. I´m sure you´ll let us hve some news as soon as you hear it.

    Well I´m back home now with the most sweet memories of my holidays in Paris. I had the time of my life there, specially cause I know some really cool people in Paris and the UK you know...;)

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  23. Michael - that is very worrying news.
    I'm not a CDP but I admire brave people like Amir and hope he will be released without charge or injury soon.

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  24. Before somebody gets the wrong idea, my comment is really making fun of the Iranian establishment trying to find excuses for cause of the outrage.

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  25. thanks for posting this Eric. you have such a kind heart. This is a perfect example of how amazing this blogging community can be.
    I hope & pray Amir is found. Technology has made our world much smaller, in a good way I think.

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  26. Well... I do find it terrible, 'tragique' in French.

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  27. Well, Michael, if they grab Eric, they are close to the cause of most outrage...Michael!!

    Seriously, a nation, a people experiencing a great upheaval such as the one in Iran are enduring great pain. The process is terrible, let's hope the outcome is a good one. Like cancer treatment.

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  28. How terrible. I really hope he will turn up again very soon and in good health !!!

    I dream along with you Petrea ;-)

    Monica; nice to hear you're back home sfe and sound ;-)

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  29. Michael - funny!! Eric - great photo and hopefully helpful action. Eric says Amir has stopped blogging and - well, that's all we know. Whatever his situation, I hope he can soon return to blogging, or, if he still is, but can't be picked up because its blocked, that soon all bans will be lifted.

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  30. Eric, you photo shopped that photo right? Or, is it really real -- I mean, did you see someone at a demonstration holding that sign? Iranian-Americans have been demonstrating here in the US. When I was in Paris a few weeks ago, I was surprised when a Parisian told me that he was watching the Iranian elections, and that he feared there might be a war. A war? I said. I do not understand politics. It is my opinion that when artists mettle (is that a word?) in politics they end up getting hurt. We are too spacey.

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  31. So, who is GF? The rules state that in the comment, there must be two sentences about Eric's photo. It seems like we got off track. Back to the photo, I like the building in the background. It looks like a church. I like the poster too -- beautiful shades of green, and of course, the peace symbol which is always nice to see.

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  32. I am pleased that so many of us have posted today to call attention to one of our own and generally to support human rights around the globe.

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  33. It's really sad to hear that, I hope it's just about the internet access which is cut, nothing more...

    Michael, went to a party last nite, I would say it was the same: no one talking about Iran but all biggest MJ's fans. I find it quite sad.

    Monica, I'm glad you had a safe trip! Couldn't answer directly, I was behing the bar when I got your text. Mille bises my dear friend! Enjoy your last week off.

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  34. Guille, I guess if it had been a dinner party it might have been different, but people were there to have fun, escape the week that's passed and pretend that the one coming up will easier.

    Lois, I think we should name Amir as "GF" this time. With free speech hanging from his crown.

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  35. Yay so GF is still in existence? Amir is a worthy wearer of his apt crown.

    Late in the day, but I have now posted a contribution. :)

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  36. I had no idea of this.Since I don't comment pretty reguraly on PDP.I do visit the site every day. I did not know about this.I just visited my own cities daily photo [greenville,South Carolina]

    That is truly sad to live in a country where one cannot express there opinion or can't take a picture.I truly hope he is found + get's back into safe hands.

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  37. JM of Oeiras Daily photo has just reported that Amir is home safe!
    http://oeirasdailyphoto.blogspot.com/

    I'm sorry the word didn't get out to everyone. I'm not usually a participant on the forums, either, but wanted to work on this. Demosthenes and JM really made it possible. As far as getting the word out I told a lot of people and it spread "virally," but obviously didn't get to everyone. It's been the kind of week where I just couldn't be on the web as much as I wanted to. Thanks to everyone who participated. I'd like to think our efforts had something to do with the positive outcome, but that might be too much! I'm just glad Amir is with his family.

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  38. What a great piece of news, Petrea! I shall update my post. Perhaps we all should?

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  39. How very nice! Glad to hear Amir is home with his family.

    Cheers!

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  40. I'm glad we found Amir...but Eric is missing now!..

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  41. Altho my blog is not an official CDP blog, I, too, have posted in solidarity. I am very glad to learn that the missing blogger is safe.

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  42. Exactly, Guille—where is OUR blogger??
    And thanks for the good news, Petrea!

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  43. I fear Eric moonwalked to the moon! :D

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  44. Okay, now I'm officially worried . . .

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  45. I am sure it is just a Blogger glitch, Alexa.

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  46. He posted very late yesterday, too. He's just one guy with a life and a blog. Sometimes time gets the better of us. He does sleep, I assume. :-)

    Very glad to see so many CDPBloggers participate. I love the friends in this community. So, thanks Eric, and thanks everyone.
    -Kim

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  47. I'm glad for your support. I'd like to make you aware of this video. Jump to 00:27:10 if you don't like to watch the whole video. I think this is what most western countries deny but it is all connected.

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