Maziar Bahari, journalist and filmmaker

Hossein Shariatmadari

Maziar Bahari

Maziar Bahari is an Iranian-Canadian journalist and filmmaker. He was a reporter for Newsweek from 1998-2011. During the 2009 Iranian election protests he was arrested without charge by Iranian authorities and detained for 118 days, and was nominated that year for the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord. He is now involved with the Journalism is Not a Crime project, which documents and publicizes the arrests of journalists by the Iranian government and provides legal and psychological assistance to these prisoners.

Bahari’s family memoir, Then They Came for Me (2011, republished as Rosewater), tells the story of his arrest and imprisonment. This book was made into a film in 2014, titled Rosewater and directed by popular American TV host Jon Stewart, whose Daily Show interview with Bahari in 2009 was part of the basis for his arrest.

Bahari’s films include Football, Iranian Style (2001), Targets: Reporters in Iraq (2005) and Online Ayatollah (2008), and he has produced a number of documentaries for international broadcasters including BBC, HBO and Discovery.

Panel: Journalism is Not a Crime & Screening: Rosewater (Jon Stewart)