• Born date: 1975-01-07
  • Born in: Iran
Hossein Derakhshan

Hossein Derakhshan (Persian: حسين درخشان‎; born January 7, 1975), also known as Hoder, is an Iranian-Canadian blogger currently imprisoned in Tehran. He is credited with starting the blogging revolution in Iran and is called the father of Persian blogging by many journalists. He also helped to promote podcasting in Iran. Derakhshan was arrested on November 1, 2008 and sentenced to 19½ years in prison on September 28, 2010. His sentence was reduced to 17 years in October 2013.