To the barricades, fellow bloggers!

To the barricades, fellow bloggers!

: No, I’m not talking about Rathergate (more on that later) or anything American.

The real blogging revolution is happening in Iran — and the powers that be are fighting back in frightening ways.

Hoder reports that the father of blogger Sina Motellebi has just been arrested.

It was when Sina himself was arrested in April, 2003, because of what he wrote on his blog that I first discovered Hoder and the incredible Iranian weblog culture. Thanks in some measure to the attention brought to his case by bloggers and then Big Media, Sina was released from prison and he fled Iran for Europe, where he has continued to write about what is happening in his homeland. And now, to pressure him to shut up, the mullahs have arrested his father. Iranian blogger Davood calls this what it is: hostage taking.

Tyrants play dirty.

Hoder sums up other arrests of people related to blogs and online. And he emphasizes:

Hardline consrvatives are very concerned when it comes to foreign press. So please help us spread the word in the blogosphere — by linking to the post or to other related resources — and give the news maximum exposure.

Please spread the word. Tells the mullahs that the whole world wide web is watching.

  • http://rooznegar.com Sina Motallebi

    Many thanks for your sympathy and support in this horrible moment.

  • http://egoist.blogspot.com Martin Lindeskog

    Jeff,
    I have posted a note on my blog. I have linked to an article by Reporters Without Borders.
    Martin Lindeskog
    EGO blog.
    Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • shark

    Jeff, what do you advocate we do here, besides “watching”- which is worthless because I doubt the Mullahs give a crap.
    Do you want Iran taken out militarily? I can get behind you on that.
    Sympathy and support- YES! But at the end of the day, they need more…

  • http://amomentwith.typepad.com/ Easycure

    A few MOABs in Tehran would send a nice, firm message.

  • Faramin

    Shark,
    “Do you want Iran taken out militarily? I can get behind you on that.”
    I hate the regime of Iran much more than people like you. However, speaking of attacking Iran and making another Iraq out of it. You better kiss my ass.
    You better first get out the sinking conditions you are in Iraq, then think of repeating the same stupidity in another country, especially Iran which will be way more difficult than Iraq for a coward army who only relies on better weapons than courage.
    If you are behind attacking Iran, I suggest you too join your army when/if that happens. I gaurantee, you will go vertical and will come back horizontal. You war-lover Idiot.

  • Azadeh M.

    Thanks for your support Jeff.
    With all due respect I hade a request from you. Would you not refer them as Mullahs? As you know Mullah is a religious person and not political. Of course not all of them are behind this terrible action whether they are political or not. Besides those who are responsible are not non-mullahs either. I know your word was directed to those people in charge, but when you use this word people will have a negative view of all the religious men in Islam.
    For example unfortunately nowadays the word Muslim has become equal to terrorist in people minds. Where as they are not Muslim and they are calling themselves one. Islam is about peace and love.
    Again thank you for your support in these hard times for Iranians.
    God be with you.

  • http://www.madarshahi.com Saeed

    Dear sir, thanks for your attention on Iranian bloggers’ Problems. It is time for Usa jornalists to work on internal problems of Iran rejim rather than only fucosing on Atomic bombs.
    thanks so much.