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About Akbar Ganji Akbar Ganji (Persian: اکبر گنجی, born 31 January 1960 in Qazvin Province) is an Iranian journalist and writer. He has been described as a "Iran’s preeminent political dissident", and a "wildly popular pro-democracy journalist" who has crossed press censorship "red lines" regularly. A supporter of the Islamic revolution as a youth, he became dissenchanted in the mid-1990s and served time in Tehran's Evin Prison from 2001 to 2006 after publishing a series of stories on the murder of dissident authors known as the Chain Murders of Iran. While in prison he issued a manifesto which established him as the first "prominent dissident, believing Muslim and former revolutionary" to call for a replacement of Iran's theocratic system with "a secular democracy." Having been named honorary citizen of many European cities and awarded distinctions for his writing and civil , Ganji has won several international awards for his work, including the World Association of Newspapers' Golden Pen of Freedom Award , Canadian Journalists for Free Expression's International Press Freedom Award, the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, and the John Humphrey Freedom Award.

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Iran Journalists Ranking

Rank Person Name Total
10. Isa Saharkhiz 2651
12. Adel Ferdosipur 2529
14. Akbar Ganji 2512
14. Nikahang Kowsar 446
15. H. Shariatmadari 2489
15. Ahmad Bourghani 262
16. Mohammad Ghouchani 182
17. Masih Alinejad 100
17. Golagha 136
18. Hossein Derakhshan 105

Journalists Ranking

Rank Person Name Total
85. Emadeddin Baghi 3643
85. Soledad OBrien 2610
86. Adel Ferdosipur 2529
88. Akbar Ganji 2512
91. H. Shariatmadari 2489