"Because in Cyberspace, no one can hear you scream."
Friday, April 22, 2005
Tehran, April 21, IRNA-The court of justice examining lawsuits of several women accused of weblogging cleared them of the charge, Judiciary spokesman Jamal Karimi-Rad said on Thursday.
He told IRNA that the Disciplinary Court of Judges reached the conclusion that the webloggers had not intention of violating law and cleared them of the charge.
With all of the other issues surrounding Iran (i.e. nuclear, human rights, etc.) it is quite surprising to see a regime that is known for cracking down on bloggers to actually acquit some. Iran is not exactly a popular regime amongst it's own citizens who seem a bit jealous as their neighbors who are experiencing freedom within "arms reach."
The popular contempt for the regime is so blatant that the mullahs' usual pretense that all is well, has been openly discarded, and replaced with mounting repression. Like the North Koreans and Chinese, the Iranian leaders' greatest fear is that their own people will bring down the regime, and the mullahs have taken desperate action against the spread of ideas within the country. Bloggers have been arrested and tortured, along with editors and writers from the dead-tree press. [National Review]
Perhaps this might be Iran "softening it's stance." Perhaps not. Either way the march towards freedom is gaining ground and it is only a matter of time before the regime is brought down either through activist means or external pressure (or perhaps both) and the whole world learns of the real history of what has happened in Iran.
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