Tuesday, February 22, 2005

 

Update: Free Mojtaba and Arash Day

As I mentioned earlier, today is free Mojtaba and Arash Day. We have just received bad news about Arash. Reuters reports that he has been sentenced to 14 years in prison by the mullahs of Iran:
An Iranian journalist was jailed for 14 years on charges ranging from espionage to insulting the country's leaders in an unusually heavy sentence in Iran, where tens of journalists have been tried in recent years.
Rights activists said on Tuesday that Arash Sigarchi, 28, was convicted by the Revolutionary Court in the Caspian province of Gilan in northern Iran.

Sigarchi, a newspaper editor in Gilan who also wrote an Internet journal or "weblog," was arrested last month after responding to a summons from the Intelligence Ministry.

"In total, he has been given 14 years in prison," Mohammad Saifzadeh, a member of Center for Defense of Human Rights in Tehran told Reuters by telephone.

Please join the fight against such oppression over at the Committee to Protect Bloggers.
Comments:
The importance of this issue cannot be overestimated. I think that bloggers are vital to free speech, and free speech in Iran could lead to a relatively peaceful people's revolution. This would be good for Iranians, Americans, and the world, obviously.
 
I could not have said it better myself Stace. Thanks.
 
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