In 2004, more than 20 bloggers and journalists were detained on the orders of Tehran’s chief prosecutor. The detainees were held in solitary confinement and were routinely tortured and forced to make false confessions. The authorities hoped to silence and intimidate activists who rely on the Internet to communicate their viewpoints. Human Rights Watch campaigned actively to expose the ill-treatment of the detainees and called for their immediate release. In December 2004, the detainees were released following intense international protests. However the judiciary continues to persecute bloggers. On Feb. 22, 2004, a well-known blogger, Arash Cigarchi, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his writings. Charges brought against Cigarchi included “insulting the leader.” He has appealed his sentence. Another blogger, Mojtaba Samii Nezhad, is currently in custody with no charges brought against him. Samii Nezhad has spent more than 88 days in solitary confinement.



  1. there are pleanty of stories around the web of bloggers being fired for their blogs….not the same level but still wrong imho.

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