Iran Considering New Law Putting ‘Offensive’ Bloggers to Death

March 26, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A report from Al Jazeera’s Nazanin Sadri, says the government of Iran is seriously considering imposing the death penalty on offensive bloggers who make posts on the Internet that promote illegal activities. The most frightening aspect of this new proposed law, is that the definition of what is illegal covers a broad range. Bloggers, who criticize the government or its leaders, have already been jailed for breaking the law. What is more disturbing is that the death penalty in Iran applies to men, women and children. Conceivably, a teenage blogger that runs afoul of the Ayotollah Khomeini or President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can be put to death.

Current Islamic law imposes a sentence of death for two categories of crimes, murder and “fasad.” The real problem is with the strict interpretation of the Islamic concept of fasad, which is loosely defined as spreading mischief and undermining the authority or stability of the state. A blogger was recently found dead in his prison cell, while he was serving a two and a half year sentence for the crimes of insulting the Ayotollah Khomeini and posting “seditious” materials on his blog. Under the new proposed law, he would have been executed (legally).

Blogging has skyrocketed in this closed off country, since the religious mullahs censored print outlets. Some estimates put 46,000 active bloggers in Iran, but there are probably many more. The people of Iran have embraced the ability to speak their mind and show creativity with their blogs, which now may be snuffed out with the fear of a death sentence. Ironically, the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad maintains his own blog, as well as religious officials.

A recent report by Amnesty International shows an alarming increase in state sanctioned executions in the countries of Iran, Saudi Arabia and China. Executions nearly doubled last year, primarily from increases in death sentences in the aforementioned countries, which account for 90 percent of all worldwide executions.

What a frightening onslaught on the ability of Iranians to speak their minds. An errant blog post, violating fasad, which means just about anything the goverment doesn’t like, could result in death.


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