Through My Eyes

the thoughts and musings of Justin Thorp; the 21 year old college of God...friend...boyfriend...and internet geek

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Iran...big supporters of freedom of speech, NOT!

Apparently an internet blogger and journalist over in Iran has been arrested and sentenced to 14 years in prison for being outspoken and questioning Iranian leadership. I can't imagine not having the basic freedoms of speech and press. I am truely grateful for being able to live in a great country like the United States of America.
An Iranian journalist was jailed for 14 years on charges ranging from espionage to insulting the country's leaders in an unusually heavy sentence in Iran, where tens of journalists have been tried in recent years.

Rights activists said on Tuesday that Arash Sigarchi, 28, was convicted by the Revolutionary Court in the Caspian province of Gilan in northern Iran.

Sigarchi, a newspaper editor in Gilan who also wrote an Internet journal or "weblog," was arrested last month after responding to a summons from the Intelligence Ministry.


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