Zahra Kazemi was born in Iran but left her native country in 1974 for France. She came to Canada in 1993 and eventually acquired Canadian citizenship. In the past 10 years, she has covered stories in the Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan as a freelance photojournalist.
Her last assignment, for the Montreal-based magazine Recto-Verso, was in her native Iran. While there, she was arrested June 23 outside a notorious Tehran prison for taking photos of the building's exterior.
While in captivity, she suffered head injuries and died July 10. Iranian authorities at first said she suffered a stroke, then that she fell down some stairs. But they later admitted she was injured at the hands of her interrogator. An employee of Iranian national security is on trial in the case.
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