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Friday, March 04, 2005
Blogging into Trouble


After the 12/26 tsunamis, Bloggers once again are in the news. In late Feb, Iranian blogger, Arash Sigarchi was jailed for 14 years on charges of spying and aiding foreign counter-revolutionaries. A second Iranian blogger, Motjaba Saminejad, who also used his website to report on bloggers' arrests, is still being held. According to a spokesman for Reporters Without Borders, the Iranian authorities are trying to make an example of them, their aim being to dissuade journalists and bloggers from expressing themselves online or contacting foreign media. But like in previous instances of blogger-persecution, the opposite may happen as "The eyes of 8 million bloggers are going to be more focused on Iran since Sigarchi's sentence".

Meanwhile in Bahrain, three bloggers, Ali Abdulemam, Hussain Yousif and Mohammed Al Mousawi, are under arrest and said to be detained in Hoora prison. The three are moderators of BahrainOnline. Some may say that blogging is not a luxury but a civic responsibility, just see where and what it can get a blogger to!

In Malaysia, just when almost everyone has thought that the bruhaha over Screenshots has been put to rest, our ever efficient polis, after some four months or so, have decided to make a report on the controversial 'pee & pooh' Screenshots comment by one named 'Anwar'. This has caused 'Malaysia's most influential blog' blogger to spend some 2 hours in a Subang Jaya police station in Seri Kembangan giving his statement. Hopefully that will be the end of the matter for our local blogger. The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) has called on our polis to stop its investigation against our local blogger, this is reported in M'kini. Will the polis let it rest?




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