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The Mefite known as Hoder is Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan. He was instrumental in promoting blogging in Iran, and an instigator in online protests of Iranian media censorship in 2004, actions which earned him the scorn of the Iranian government. Hoder was arrested on November 1, 2008. Almost two years later, on September 28th, 2010 he was sentenced to 19½ years in prison. In mid-2011, Hoder's appeal was denied.

Thread informing Metafilter of his arrest.

Page on Iranian.com noting Hoder's arrest and featuring videos of him. (archive.org link)

Facebook page for support of Hoder's freedom.

Free the Blogfather: Page adovating his release. (archive.org link)

June 2011: Letters to Hoder is started, declaring June 15th Write to Hoder Day.

Hoder tag on MetaTalk, with more history on Hossein Derakhshan, his blogging, and his imprisonment.