Iran is fighting a constant battle against
dissenters who are using the internet to voice criticism of the Islamic
Republic and to push for freedom and democracy. With the closure of most
independent newspapers and magazines in Iran, blogging - publishing an online
diary - has become a powerful tool in the
dissidents' arsenal by providing individuals with a public
An Iranian blogger known as Saena, wrote recently: "Weblogs are one weapon that even the Islamic Republic cannot beat."
There are an estimated 100,000 active blogs written by Iranians both within the country and across the diaspora. Persian ties with French as the second most common blogging language after English.
Over the last year, however, Iranian authorities have arrested and beaten dozens of bloggers, charged with crimes such as espionage and insulting leaders of the Islamic Republic. Among them is Omid Sheikhan, who last month was sentenced to one year in prison and 124 lashes of the whip for writing a blog that featured satirical cartoons of Iranian politicians.
The Telegraph is reporting what we have heard for a long time that the regime has blocked our site. Guess who the 1 are or 2 Iranian readers of our blog are (see the sidebar’s neocounter report of nations reading our blog). These readers often post pro-regime comments here. That is why we started our blogosphere supports real democracy in Iran campaign.
Fellow bloggers: republishing our reports on your blog makes it almost impossible for the regime to block access to the important news on Iran
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 29TH
WAKE UP PEOPLE!
IRAN INCREASES URANIUM CONVERSION
Middle East Newsline PST
LONDON [MENL] -- The International Atomic Energy Agency has determined that Iran accelerated its uranium conversion program. , IAEA director-general Mohammed El Baradei said Iran has increased activities at its uranium conversion facility at Isfahan