Iran: "The guest is God's friend"
The detention of journalist Iason Athanasiadis is a legal abomination -- and a breach of Iranian hospitality
By Sandy Tolan
July 2, 2009 | Journalism's deepest, most honest contributions inevitably spring from on-the-ground reporting, unencumbered by policy agendas in Washington, London or other foreign capitals. That's what epitomizes the work of my friend and colleague Iason Athanasiadis, and it's why his detention by Iranian authorities, on June 17 when trying to board a flight out of Iran, is so troubling.... (more)