Free Mojtaba and Arash Day

Free Mojtaba & Arash

I only just found out that today is meant to be some sort of no-blogging day.

“[The Committee to Protect Bloggers] is calling on the blogsphere – the name for the worldwide community of bloggers – to do what it can to help raise awareness of the plight of Mojtaba and Arash as well as other “cyber-dissidents”.

“Blogging is in this weird no man’s land. People think of it as being one thing or another depending on their point of view,” said Mr Hopkins. Some think of themselves as pundits, kind of like journalists, and some like me have a private blog which is just a publishing platform. But they do not have a constituency and are out there in the cold.”

A spokesman for Amnesty International said: “Just as the internet is a tool for freedom, so it is being used as an excuse for repression. “Amnesty International has recorded a growing number of cases of people detained or imprisoned for disseminating their beliefs or information through the internet, in countries such as China, Syria, Vietnam, the Maldives, Cuba, Iran and Zimbabwe.

“It is also shocking to realise that in the communications age just expressing support for an internet activist is enough to land people in jail.”

Thanks to Claypot, ViVi & m-c who brought this to my attention.

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