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Narges Mohammadi wins Nobel Peace Prize – her book available for everyone via Nextory
Nextory welcomes the awarding of the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize to Narges Mohammadi for her significant work against the oppression of women in Iran and her advocacy for human rights. Her book "White Torture" has been accessible for free since September 28th through a special initiative by Nextory to make banned books available to everyone.
For several decades, Narges Mohammadi has been a prominent figure in the battle for Iranian women's rights and freedom of expression. She has received numerous awards and honors for paving the way for the feminist movement in Iran. Earlier this year, she was honored with the Olof Palme Prize, and today, on October 6th, it was publicly announced that she has also been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Since November 2021, Narges Mohammadi has been imprisoned in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran, convicted of "spreading propaganda with the intent to harm the state." Like Mohammadi, thousands of individuals are jailed each year in Iran for their beliefs, and their frightening stories of life in prisons need to reach a wider audience.
Therefore, Nextory and Baran Publisher are proud to have published the Nobel laureate's work, "White Torture" as an audiobook in Persian, available since September 28th this year. The audiobook provides a direct insight into the darkest corners of Iranian prisons through 14 female testimonies and is available through a free and fully open website where Persian speakers from around the world can listen to it. The Swedish and English e-books are also available in the Nextory app.
– It is truly heartening to see Narges Mohammadi recognized on such a significant platform as the Nobel Peace Prize. Our project, Stories of Iran, where her 'White Torture' was launched less than two weeks ago, is now receiving more attention. But, most importantly, we see more people reading the book and engaging in the extremely vital issue of freedom of speech and transparency, says Shadi Bitar, CEO of Nextory.
Read more about the initiative here.
Read the Swedish e-book here.
The audiobook is narrated by the Iranian journalist Sepideh Zarrinpanah and the foreword is narrated by the lawyer and judge Shirin Ebadi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her work on women's and children's human rights. The questions that Narges asks her female fellow prisoners in the audiobook are narrated by Mehrangiz Kar, who is a renowned human rights lawyer, activist, and author.
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