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Iranian regime sense of humour


Fergus Hanson


25 November 2009 09:01

Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari was detained in Iran's Evin prison for 118 days during which he was asked by an interrogator to explain his appearance in a Daily Show sketch (h/t The Lede).

As he remembers it:

I saw the flicker of a laptop monitor under my blindfold. Then I heard someone speaking. It was a recording of another prisoner's confession. "It's not that one," said the second interrogator. "It's the one marked 'Spy in coffee shop.' " Mr. Rosewater fumbled with the computer. The other man stepped in to change the DVD. And then I heard the voice of Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.