Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Iranian Regime Tracks Bloggers

As many of you have noticed, Jeremiah's Helper has expanded its view into Iran. Talk about Jeremiahs crying out in the wilderness! Now THERE are bloggers who really are worried about government agents coming after them in the night, as opposed to our cry-baby leftists here in the US who rant on about a theocracy.

The Guardian in the UK has an article that states:

"While the outcome of the recent arrests in connection with SMS messaging is not clear yet, what is certain is that SMS jokes have already put some people into serious trouble," wrote the website Rooz Online.
The clampdown is in line with the authorities' uncompromising stance on the internet and bloggers. Wary of modern communications as a means of spreading political dissent, Iran is second only to China in the number of websites it filters - using technology made in America.
Large numbers of the nation's estimated 70,000 to 100,000 bloggers have faced harassment or imprisonment. The regime has acknowledged monitoring text message traffic. It first admitted it had access to text traffic last December when a military plane carrying more than 100 journalists crashed shortly after take-off at Tehran airport.
The communications minister said text messages were kept by the government for six months and that messages sent by those on board in the moments before the crash could be used to investigate its causes.
The first arrests over text messaging were made in the run-up to last year's presidential election when several anti-regime student leaders were detained for urging a boycott of the poll after the regime had declared voting to be an Islamic duty. "I was arrested for one evening and they made it clear they knew every SMS I had sent and received," said Muhammad Hashemi, leader of the Tahkim Vahdat student movement."

Now that's scary stuff! Full article is here.

So, once again, great job to Yasser at Under Underground, which is how far down you have to go to stay under the regime's radar to stay out of trouble.

Also, I'll take this opportunity to highly recommend the book Reading Lolita In Tehran.

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