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Fareed Zakaria

Editor of Newsweek International, columnist

PostGlobal co-moderator Fareed Zakaria is editor of Newsweek International, overseeing all Newsweek's editions abroad. He writes a regular column for Newsweek, which also appears in Newsweek International and often The Washington Post. He is a member of the roundtable of ABC News' "This Week with George Stephanapoulos" as well as an analyst for ABC News. And he is the host of a new weekly PBS show, "Foreign Exchange" which focuses on international affairs. His most recent book, "The Future of Freedom," was published in the spring of 2003 and was a New York Times bestseller and is being translated into eighteen languages. He is also the author of "From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America's World Role" (Princeton University Press), and co-editor of "The American Encounter: The United States and the Making of the Modern World" (Basic Books). Close.

Fareed Zakaria

Editor of Newsweek International, columnist

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Newsweek's Iran Correspondent Disappears

On Sunday morning in Tehran, Newsweek's Maziar Bahari was detained
without charge by Iranian authorities and has not been heard from since.
Mr. Bahari is a Canadian citizen and a renowned journalist and
filmmaker, who has been living in and covering Iran for the past decade.
Newsweek strongly condemns this unwarranted detention, and calls upon
the Iranian government to release him immediately.

Mr. Bahari's coverage of Iran, for Newsweek and other outlets, has
always been fair and nuanced, and has given full weight to all sides of
the issues. He has always worked well with different administrations in
Tehran, including the current one. There are unconfirmed reports that
several journalists have been detained today; the seizure of innocent
journalists is a violation of the right to a free press in Iran.

Newsweek asks that world governments use whatever influence they have
with the government in Tehran to make clear that this detention is
unwarranted and unacceptable, and to demand Mr. Bahari's release.

Comments (20)

AbuNawas Author Profile Page:

It is too bad it was not war-monger Fareed Zakaria himself who was detained and put on trial for his open calls to invade Iraq and for putting so many innocent people at risk.

Fareed Zakaria has not discussed the prospects of the invasion in Newsweek, he actually called for it, promoted it and justified it for millions of American citizens most of which had no idea where Iraq is on the map to be begin with.

The call for violence is still posted on his website:

http://www.fareedzakaria.com/ARTICLES/newsweek/080502.html

Fareed Zakaria should be put on trial for war-crimes.

He and other neo-cons have their hands stained with the blood of over 1 million Iraqi civilians.

As an Arab, I hope one day violent people like Fareed Zakaria are either prevented from visiting any Arab country or better yet be arrested and put on trial for the crimes committed in Iraq.

I don't understand what people admire in an "expert" who espouses violence and who believes that a country of over 20 million people is just a play field to try things out.

Fareed Zakaria was wrong on so many things in the Middle East.

This guy in Indian, he is not an Arab but he is quite comfortable with watching bombs fall on an Arab capital while its residents are terrorized.

I call on the international court to consider trying "experts" like Fareed Zakaria who openly called for the use of violence against other nations outside the legal framework of international law the same way they would try politicians or head of states.

The illegal invasion of Iraq that killed so many people wouldn't have happened without people like Fareed Zakaria. If a court can prove it, he should be held liable so he knows that the lives of others are not as cheap as a writing a violent article in Newsweek.

Put Fareed Zakaria on trial. He is not a journalist.

ordak100 Author Profile Page:

At least Mr. Bahari is not in Guantanamo.....!!

Usama1 Author Profile Page:

I do not know Mr Bahari and cannot vouch for his innocence. Nor do I find Mr Zakariya a credible source regarding Mr Bahari's actions in Iran over the past 3 weeks. Mr Zakariya not only supported the Bush invasion, conquest, occupation, and manipulation of Iraq, he has also supported war in Pakistan and elsewhere. Moreover, Mr Zakariya has supported Ronald Reagan as well as elite political connections. According to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting organization, writes that Zakaria's "fervent embrace of the perspectives of the powerful keeps him in a state of denial regarding fundamental realities of the global economy." He's on the Trilateral Commission and on the Council on Foreign Relations.

drzimmern1 Author Profile Page:

The politization of Newsweek magazine over the past six months has been astonishing, with Fareed Zakaria playing a leading role. Realistically, Newsweek is nothing more than a magazine with Obama on the cover 19 times. Now it seems egotistically playing the role of judge and jury,issuing orders to Middle Eastern governments, and demanding certain actions that would please Newsweek. I think the editors need medication. Things don't work that way.

maxim678504 Author Profile Page:

Free Mr. Bahari, the thirty odd other journalists detained, and all political prisoners! An open society is the best society, and sunlight the best disinfectant.

Likewise, for years the U.S. has failed to serve as a model in self-same behavior and leadership with its ongoing indefinite detention of innocents alongside actual criminals at Guantanamo, at Abu Ghraib and other blacksites, and within its own prison complex. False imprisonment, and imprisonment of political opponents is among the worst state crimes.

salihutakko Author Profile Page:

Mr. Zakaria your article is portraying your arrogance and lack of respect for the view of others, cos your article is not pleading for the release of your colleague, rather sermoning the Iranian regime which you dont control. Lastly, It is better for you to remember that you're a stunch supporter of the senseless 2003 Iraqi invasion. So learn to respest others, especially when pleading or presenting your views.

salihutakko Author Profile Page:

Mr. Zakaria your article is portraying your arrogance and lack of respect for the view of others, cos your article is not pleading for the release of your colleague, rather sermoning the Iranian regime which you dont control. Lastly, It is better for you to remember that you're a stunch supporter of the senseless 2003 Iraqi invasion. So learn to respest others, especially when pleading or presenting your views.

salihutakko Author Profile Page:

Mr. Zakaria your article is portraying your arrogance and lack of respect for other view, cos your article is not pleading for the release of your colleague, but rather sermoning the Iranian regime. Lastly, It is better for you to remember that you're a stunch supporter of the non sense Iraqi inversion. So learn to respest others especially when pleading or presenting your views.

ordak100 Author Profile Page:

Mrs. Judith Miller of The New York Times spent 3 months in an American jail by order of a U.S. court (during the Bush years).

Try this one for size and then start talking about other countries or call for release of an Iranian from an Iranian jail, regardless of second passports or his affiliation with an American weekly that recently ran a "Terror in Tehran" spread.

brucerealtor@gmail.com Author Profile Page:

// CORRECTION//

THAT'S ++++ NOT ++++ WHAT I CALL A FREE PRESS.

brucerealtor@gmail.com Author Profile Page:

There are unconfirmed reports that
several journalists have been detained today; the seizure of innocent
journalists is a violation of the right to a free press in Iran.
--------------------------------------------------
WHAT FREE PRESS IN IRAN ???

IF YOU OPPOSE THE PRESENT REGIME, THEN YOU ARE SIMPLY CONSIDERED A 'SPY,' RATHER THAN A JOURNALIST.

+++++++ THAT'S NOW WHAT I CALL A FREE PRESS +++++

anonymous_ Author Profile Page:

I join you in your quest to implore Mr. Ahmadnijad to release Maziar Bahari unconditionally.

mansour112 Author Profile Page:

Mr. Zakaria.
I support your condemnation of the detention of a journalist who is doing his duty. However I did not see from you any support of the Al-Jazeera journalist who was detained in Guantanamo without charge for years experiencing inhuman treatment( I have forgotten his name and he was released this year). Can you explain why? I remember your support of the Iraq war where hundreds of thousands were killed and tens of thousands were tortured. Remember that human rights are for all irrespective of religion or race.

practica1 Author Profile Page:

This can happen here.

It is going to be very difficult for the world to sort through the demands of a largely illiterate and unschooled population of underemployed, under-nourished, under-traveled religionists who want to return us to the millenium-before-last.

Liberalism's tolerance of many points of view within a secular framework is anathema to those who want Islamic, Christian, Jewish, Zoroastrian or Janist states. These are views that were the forbears or and sometimes standard bearers for other totalized systems.

The edge of the same wedge in the US was the Bush-Cheneyites - too many of whom remain too close to power. Faith-based initiatives have their place in a modern secular setting - but not in contemporary governments!

TomKK Author Profile Page:


The arrest of Mr. Bahari is very troubling. The arrest of this great journalist and film producer is one more indication that the days of this corrupt and repressive regime is counted.

tfb17 Author Profile Page:

I don't know which is more distressing, the detainment of Mr. Bahari, or the fact that of the four comments I read under Mr. Zakaria's plea when I looked at it this morning, eighteen hours after he posted it, only two of them actually expressed sympathy.

ordak100 Author Profile Page:

He must have done something (wrong), if he was arrested.

To the extent that you and your media outlets always carry the presumption that Iran is not "behaving" in the way the "West" wants to see from a puppet or creampuff, corrupt state, then you cannot call yourselves balanced and objective. All of your lot, afterall, supported the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Remember?

MN11 Author Profile Page:

I hope Iranaian authorities soon realize that muting the voice of journalists, who are indeed the megaphone of lay people, does not bode well with age old reputation of Persian culture and pride of Persian people. Mullahs under the garb of religion have been hoodwinking the Iranian populace for last thre decades in the name of religion. I dont know if any religion dictates holding innocent people and people who demand their basic rights. Time has come to strip these mullahs of any power and muslims around the world should be skeptical of sermons from mullahs who spew hatred and manipulate muslims just to enrich themselves.

Roism007 Author Profile Page:

Fareed,

Your intentions are respected.

However, their is underlining unwritten principle that the State and Media operates under which makes them bias from time to time and as the saying goes with my variation..."bias is in the eye of the beholder" and in this case the reporter was screwed for his bias.

Its sad and chances are that he was used as pawn by both side to further their agendas but ultimately it was his own choosing that got him where he is............all the best

lottamiata Author Profile Page:

Dear Mr. Zakaria: I have always found your very lucid and cogent editorials extremely enlightening, and I am very distressed by the disappearance of Mr. Bahari. Truly, political repression knows no national or ethnic affiliation or boundaries. Whenever such an evil occurs, it is incumbent upon all human beings to make their voices heard in dissent. When oppressive and dictatorial governments, without regard to fundamental human and political rights, seek to silence the spokespersons of the people in our press, it is simply an admission of their guilt in the matter. Thank you, Mr. Bahari, for your courage in protecting all of us from such evil despotism by your fine track-record of unbiased and balanced reporting. We pray for your safe return.

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