Maziar Bahari is an Iranian-Canadian journalist, film maker and human rights activist. He was a reporter for Newsweek from 1998 to 2011. While covering the 2009 Iranian election protests, Mr. Bahari was incarcerated by the Iranian government for 118 days in one of the world’s most brutal and infamous detentions. Based on his experience in Evin prison, Mr. Bahari has written the New York Times best seller, Then They Came for Me. His memoir is the basis for Jon Stewart’s 2014 film Rosewater. Mr. Bahari later founded the citizen journalism news site IranWire.com, the freedom of expression campaign Journalism Is Not a Crime and the street art and social justice project Paint the Change.
Bahari’s films include Paint! No Matter What (1999), Football, Iranian Style (2001), Along Came a Spider (2002), Mohammad and the Matchmaker (1994), Targets: Reporters in Iraq(2005), Greetings from Sadr City (2007), Online Ayatollah (2008), The Fall of a Shah (2009) and An Iranian Odyssey (2010).