Ahmad Jalali Farahani
Iranian journalist, scriptwriter and director
Born in Iran in 1975, he is a journalist and documentary-maker. Over the course of his career he has worked for the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcaster (IRIB), newsappers including Tehran-e Emrouz, Hamshahri, Jaam-e Jam, Etemad, Etemad-e Melli, Shargh and Iran and news agencies such as Mehr and Omid.
He has been persecuted in his country since 2005, when he began a filmmaking project about societal problems in Iran. In 2007 the Iranian government forced his dismissal from the Iran newspaper and he was arrested and tortured by Iranian authorities on three separate occasions, in 2008, 2008 and 2010. Towards the end of 2010, he was able to flee to Turkey with his family, and subsequently on to Denmark where he currently lives. In 2014 his documentary We Are Journalists was released, reflecting, through over 150 interviews with Iranian journalists, the difficulties they face in their attempts to express themselves freely and fight for democracy.