"Because in Cyberspace, no one can hear you scream."
Monday, February 21, 2005
Photo from BBC
(BBC, Hat tip to Iraq the Model) It looks like Iran is becoming a more dangerous place to keep online journals. The nation's regime infuriates me to no end with the imprisonment of it's own people who dissent from it's views.
"Freedom of expression is really at stake at the moment," says Julien Pain, who runs the Internet Freedom Desk at the Paris based group Reporters without Borders.
"The Iranian authorities have been clamping down on regular media for a long time, but it's only in the last six months that they're harshly attacking cyber-dissidents and webloggers. It's really a serious situation."
And you wonder why the Iranians hate their own government? I would to if Washington decided to do something similar. More below.
Here is an example of some of the things the Iranian regime is doing to their own people. Two bloggers, Arash Sigarchi and Mojtaba Saminejad are currently both in prison with bails set at $200,000 and $125,000 respectively. Although the government will not say whether blogging has gotten them into trouble, both are bloggers who have critized the Iranian regime in the past. Arash Sigarchi gave a radio interview to foreigners which is the reason for his imprisonment. Mojtaba Saminejad is being held for "unknown charges" and his treatment by the Iranian regime is at best "unfair."
"Saminejad was kept in solitary confinement for 88 days, and he was subjected to severe beatings and torture. He was briefly released on 27 January for a short time, but because bail had been set at $125,000, and he wasn't able to pay that, he was rearrested, and his conditions are unknown."
These Mullahs are definitely not making me happy. If they keep doing this, it won't be long until American forces enter that country and the people tear down everything the Mullah's love. Selah!
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