My student has been jailed in Tehran

One of the great joys of being a university professor is working with bright young people who help you see the world in a different way.  Mass Communication graduate student Esha Momeni is one such student.  It is with a heavy heart that I write the following.

Esha  was arrested last week in Iran and is currently being held in a prison in Tehran.  She was working on a master’s thesis project about the Iranian women’s movement.  She is a videographer who was simply interviewing Iranian women. She has broken no laws, has not done anything wrong.

Esha was born in Los Angeles and her family returned to Iran when the revolution began.   She has a BA in graphic design and has taught art to orphans.  She is also a talented player of the classical Iranian instrument, the tar. She returned to the United States a couple of years ago to study for her master’s degree.

I hope you will join me in calling on the government of Iran to free this remarkable young woman.

Here is a nascent blog, Free Esha.

Change for Equality

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3 thoughts on “My student has been jailed in Tehran

  1. Hi,
    I am from BBC Persian TV and would like to talk about Esha with you if possible.
    Could you please send me your email address or telephon number?

    Many Thanks
    Mehrnoush Pourziaiee

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