Maziar Bahari is an Iranian Canadian journalist, playwright and film maker. He is a reporter for Newsweek. Bahari was imprisoned by the Iranian government in June 2009, but was released on October 20, 2009. This experience set the stage for his book, Then They Came For Me.
Bahari graduated with a degree in communications from Concordia University in Montreal. Soon after, he made his first film The Voyage of the Saint Louis about the fatal voyage of more than 900 German Jewish refugees in 1939. He has produced a number of documentaries and news reports for Channel 4 and BBC on subjects as varied as Ayatollah Sistani, Muqtada al-Sadr and human rights in Iraq. A retrospective of Bahari's films was organized in November 2007 by the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.
Maziar Bahari was nominated by Desmond Tutu for the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord.