June 28, 2005

Where is Farshid Faraji?

Posted by NoWarOnIran!

Farshid Faraji, an independent Iranian cameraman, who was arrested by the American military forces in Iraq, is missing. Faraji, who entered Iraq on May 2nd 2005 with a valid visa and proper documents to complete the filming of the documentary, "In Search of Cyrus the Great," does not appear on the Red Cross list. While the Red Cross has registered the arrest of Koroush Kar, the producer of the film, there is no information available about Farshid Faraji’s whereabouts.

After shooting scenes in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Turkey, Faraji and Kar entered Iraq, in order to film the historical site of Babylon, but lost contact with their families after the first week of entering Iraq. Koroush Kar contacted his family and notified them that the he and Faraji were arrested on May 19th, 2005. Farshid Faraji's family, who are gravely concerned about his safety, have not been able to find any information about Farshid from the Red Cross and the Iranian authorities.

Iranian filmmakers and advocacy groups are putting pressure on the Iranian government to take appropriate steps to find Farshid Faraji. We need the help of human rights groups and international advocacy organizations in asking the United States government to provide Fashid's family with information about their son's arrest. We believe that while Farshid is being interrogated, his family has the right to know about his status and his whereabouts.

Thank you,

People who are concerned about Farshid Faraji and his family.

June 28, 2005 05:34 PM | TrackBack
Comments

I recently read that he was released. If I recall correctly, the news artcle said that he was riding in a taxi when it was searched and found to have explosives. All three men in the car were taken into custody. But - exactly how can you prove that a person traveling with bombs is not a terrorist? It was finally determined that he and the journalist were not involved in any terorist plots and he was released. It will be interesting to hear his side of the story.

Posted by: m99 at July 12, 2005 01:20 PM

Have you thought about asking Sean Penn to help out?

Posted by: kiosa coup at July 5, 2005 08:59 PM

No one should be in a position that they don't know if their family is safe or not. When placed in this position due to unfair tactics from the government of an invading country makes it even more of an atrosity. It seems these individuals where doing a good dead for humanity. They where preserving a part of the past. The United States had no business interfering in an attempt to preserve history on film. They need to come home safely and the US needs to stay out of the business of other countries.

Posted by: gypsy boyette at July 5, 2005 03:54 PM

hello
i am farshid's frind.
we don't have any news from farshid yet.
we need everybody to help us.
thank you

Posted by: shoora at July 4, 2005 10:12 AM

I demand that the United States government provide Fashid's family with information about their son's arrest. We believe that while Farshid is being interrogated, his family has the right to know about his status and his whereabouts...
Please step up to the plate and start doing the right thing and begin acting like human beings instead of war mongers for the Bush regime.

Posted by: Kellie Russell at June 30, 2005 03:37 AM