Sunday, February 27, 2005

Update on Arash Sigarchi

Earlier this week Arash Sigarchi was sentenced to fourteen years in prison for espionage and insults to various leaders. The charges stemmed from Arash's blog which spread the truth about the Iranian state. The site has been removed, but it was formerly at this address.

Tuesday became an international day of action for bloggers, Free Motjaba and Arash Day. Now, it appears that America may be responsible the arrest of Arash, as a letter from Sigarchi indicates that he was 'outed' during an interview with American funded Radio Farda.

"In truth the biggest portion of the accusations against me pertained to Radio Farda. You will be interested to know that some of it had to also do with the sounds broadcast during the time of my interview. I was doing the interview with a pen name and then suddenly they would announce that they were doing an interview with Arash Sigarchi. Believe me I placed no hope in them [Radio Farda] and I still don't ... I don't expect anything from radio stations, but it might not be a bad idea if a movement developed that familiarized them with their responsibilities to those of us who face a thousand dangers in Iran."
Sigarchi's letter is available in the original Farsi here. The above is a translation taken from DailyKos.

Visit the Committee to Protect Bloggers to get a better understanding of what is going on with the persecution of bloggers across the world. This is not something limited to Iran, it has spread throughout the world and is something we should all be concerned about.


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6:41 p.m.  

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