|Man in a Desert||
"Censorship reflects society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime." Potter Stewart
Iran has sentenced film director Jafar Panahi to a 6-year prison sentence and banned him from making films for 20 years!
I met Jafar a few years ago and he struck me as a very open-minded, down-to-earth guy who was very interested in the world around him and intent on pursuing his career as a form of creative expression as well as service to society.
So to hear that in addition to jail time "he is banned for 20 years from making any films, writing any scripts, traveling abroad and also giving any interviews to the media including foreign and domestic news organizations," makes me wonder if Jafar was in some way unbeknownst to me some agent provocateur supremo!
Of course this is an age-old conundrum, what to do with those who upset the system? The answer is inevitably always: Vilify , harass and persecute them. But that is never a solution and is only detrimental to the progress that the naysayers claim they are pursuing.
Maybe Jafar will be imprisoned or boxed in, but his mind will always be free. I know.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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