ACTION ALERT: Day of Solidarity with Persecuted Bloggers
Written by Hamid Tehrani on March 22, 2009 – 12:19 am –
Background: Omid Reza Mir Sayafi, an Iranian blogger, died tragically in prison on March 18, demonstrating the sad fact that a blogger’s life can be lost as easily as a blog can be filtered by authorities.
Bloggers have been praised on many occasions for their contribution and value to the information society. They are admired in many cases as unheard voices but unfortunately most of the time, when a blogger faces persecution, his or her voice is not heard.
Sadly, Omid Reza’s case is not an exception and dozens of cyber dissidents are in jail around our globalized world and many more face political persecution.
When: I would like to propose March 18 every year as an International Day of Solidarity with Persecuted Bloggers.
Why: We can remember, talk and honor in this day jailed, tortured, killed and threatened bloggers, regardless of their political ideas and social or ethnic backgrounds. We can also discuss on this day what measures should be taken to support persecuted bloggers.
How: Please contact me at helpforbloggers[at]gmail.com if you’d like to get involved. So far I have received very positive feedback from Committee to Protect Bloggers, Global Voices Advocacy, Freekareem, Mideast Youth and several bloggers and I am ready to receive your comments, ideas, initiatives and words on this topic.