Iran’s preeminent political dissident, investigative journalist Akbar Ganji was in front of the United Nations on Thursday, leading a 3-day hunger strike to demand the release of all prisoners of conscience in Iran. In 2001, Ganji was imprisoned for six years for writing about the murders of dissident intellectuals and was finally released after an 80 day hunger strike. Leili Kashani interviewed Akbar Ganji for Democracy Now! about the demands of the strike as he stood in front of banner with a list of the names of known political detainees in Iran. Translated by Faramarz Farbod.