Monday, August 14, 2006

Freedom to blog...except in Iran.

Ahmad Batebi
Iran's regime continues to clamp down on internet freedom by banning blogs that criticize the Mullahs and by restricting access to certain web sites. The AP's Brian Murphy reports on how Iran is "stepping up arrests and pressure on popular bloggers as part of a wider Internet clampdown launched after hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became president last year, ending years of freewheeling Web access that once made Iran among the most vibrant online locales in the Middle East."

The Iranian Mullahs haven't blocked everything - The Jerusalem Post, The AP and are still accessible - but it seems to be getting more and more difficult to voice dissenting and critical opinions in Iran. Read more here.

Ahmad Batebi (photo) - Disappearance confirmed

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Ahmad Batebi, the Iranian student jailed four years ago for displaying the bloody shirt of a friend wounded in clashes with the regime’s security forces has disappeared after meeting with Ambeyi Ligabo, the United Nations’s Special Rapporteur, his lawyer, Mr. Ne’mat Ahmadi confirmed Wednesday.Batebi was arrested after his Jesus Christ-looking picture displaying the blood stained T-shirt over his head was printed on the cover page of the influential British weekly "The Economist", convicted of endangering national security.
Read more here.

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