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A year ago, a journalist friend of mine here in Istanbul, Iason Athanasiadis, was detained on espionage charges during Iran’s post-election unrest. He’s written a fascinating account of his weeks in solitary confinement in Evin Prison. His friends here were all extremely worried about him, as you can imagine.
Some of us, however, were a bit taken aback by the willingness of our colleagues to say, “He knew the risks going in, so there’s a limit to our sympathy.” My favorite Istanbul blogger thus helpfully provided a personal guide to risk assessment based on the question, “If something happens to me, are my friends going to mock me and say I deserved it?”