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BY JONATHAN KETZ You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy Pornography on the internet...
BY JONATHAN KETZ You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy Pornography on the internet. Nothing new there. But the man behind the technology being sentenced to death? That’s a new one. Protesters led rallies in Ontario for the release of Saeed Malekpour, a programmer on death row in Iran for enabling a pornographic website. The twist is...Malekpour says he knew nothing about it. We’re following coverage from CTV, The Toronto Star, United For Iran, The Iranian, and CBC. Malekpour wrote a software system designed for image uploading and management. CTV reports Malekpour, “admitted to writing the program but said he wasn't aware of how it was being used. His lawyer is appealing the death sentence.” Iranian police arrested Malekpour when he came to the country in September of 2008 for quote "designing and operating pornographic websites, rioting against the regime and insulting Islamic sanctities." Malekpour came to Iran to visit his ailing father. The Toronto Star reports Malekpour’s letters to his wife describe a brutal prison experience. “....while I remained blindfolded and handcuffed, several individuals armed with cables, batons and fists struck and punched me.” Malekpour says guards broke his jaw during the torture. In a report from United for Iran, Malekpour says he was forced to confess to the crimes. “A large portion of my confession was extracted under pressure...and false promises of immediate release upon giving a false confession to whatever the interrogators dictated…” Other Iranian sources worry the time Malekpour has to prove his running short. Iranian**** reports: "Sadly, Saeed Malekpour has not been provided a fair opportunity to defend himself from the charges laid against him. It is becoming increasingly obvious that this chance will never come.” The questionable handling of the issue got media outlets talking across the Atlantic as well. Despite the protests in Canada, CBC explains why the government hasn’t tried harder to save his life. Michael: “Now Malekpour is not a Canadian citizen. He is a computer engineer. For that reason, foreign affairs has not intervened. He is an Iranian national sentenced by an Iranian court.” Malekpour’s wife, who is still living in Canada, has taken things into her own hands, setting up an online petition video along with a Facebook group. In regards to the Malekpour protests in Canada, The Star’s Olivia Ward called them, “a last-ditch effort to save his life.” Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy