Free Sina Motallebi

Free Sina Motallebi
: A few notes on the jailed Iranian blogger:

: His weblog is no longer available; it’s just blank. (Here it is in the Google cache.)

: You can sign a petition addressed to various dignitaries on his behalf here.


: Here’s a banner in support of Motallebi created by another blogger, who is not posting it on his site because of a family connection in Iran. So I’m posting it here. Feel free to use it.

: Hossein Derakhshan, aka hoder, the blogger behind Editor: Myself, broke this news. Here’s his latest report:

More bad news are coming these days in Iran: daily paper, “Arya”, which was to be re-published is banned; some other young female reporters (including Masoumeh “Masih” Alinejad) are in court, and many others that I can’t remember now. Seems to me that hard-liners have started a new wave of pressure and this time they are targeting young journalists and activists.

: See also this piece about the impact of weblogs on Iran by hoder:

During the past 20 months, more than 10,000 Persian weblogs have been emerged. Their authors mostly live in Iran, where the number of Internet users hardly exceeds a half million….

The popularity of weblogs among young Iranians, suggests that great changes has happened in Iranian society during the past two decades, at least among the new generations of middle-class residents of big cities…. Individuality, self-expression, tolerance are new values which are quite obvious through a quick study of the content of Persian weblogs….

: They have provided first-hand reports from several events such as students protests;

: they have helped young people find new dates or know more about potential dates, in lack of legitimate dating services;

: they have helped parents to get to know more about their children

  • Just wanted to say well done, Jeff.

  • Pyecraft

    “Some of you have scoffed
    at my suggestion….”
    Maybe our wry scoffing was due more to a despair
    that any truly open blogging would soon be surpressed in that region.
    This recent link offers at least a faint hope that access to knowledge via blogs might be unstoppable.
    Dare we dream yet then of a more tolerant future world because of it? Long may blogging scare the bejeezus out of those who wish to control thought. Good work sir.

  • Before we go congratulating ourselves too much, have a look at the signatures on the petition. A lot of them, most in the sample that I took, are from Iranians, who actually have something at risk. And the number of signatures has not grown significantly in the last two days, despite all the blogging.