« Rumsfeld Digs A Little Deeper (Updated) | Main | NFL Game Causes Stir In Upper Midwest »
Today's Guardian (UK) reports on what likely is the vanguard of a second Iranian revolution. Iranian bloggers have made Farsi the fourth biggest language in blogs, as over 75,000 sites have opened on the Internet under the noses of one of the strictest totalitarian regimes. The number of Iranian bloggers far outstrips that of those in neighboring countries and allows democracy-minded activists a means to network information to each other and the outside world:
In the last five years up to 100 media publications, including 41 daily newspapers, have been closed by Iran's hardline judiciary. Yet today, with tens of thousands of Iranian weblogs there is an alternative media that for the moment defies control and supervision of speech by authoritarian rule. ...
While for some blogging allows them to revel in the forbidden, for others it's a way of organising action and spreading the word. As RSF's 2004 Internet Under Surveillance report states: "Weblogs are much used at times of crisis, such as during the June 2003 student demonstrations, when they were the main source of news about the protests and helped the students to rally and organise".
Ten years ago, the fax machine bypassed government controls and undermined tyrants. Now the capacity of anonymous broadcast that characterize blogs allows for quicker and more robust means for information to flow where needed. And it's not the information itself that transforms societies and frightens the powerful -- it's the communities blogs create, where like-minded people know and communicate with like-minded people. The Iranian bloggers might well have remained silent, unable to get past their own fear to connect with each other to promote freedom. Blogs reduce that security issue, although they do not eliminate it, as some Iranian bloggers have discovered:
In April 2003, when Sina Motallebi, a web-journalist, was imprisoned, Iran became the first government to take direct action against bloggers. Sina's arrest was only the beginning and many more bloggers and online journalists have been arrested since. As RSF puts it: "In a country where the independent press has to fight for its survival on a daily basis, online publications and weblogs are the last media to fall into the authorities' clutches ... through arrests and intimidation, the Iranian authorities are now trying to spread terror among online journalists".
Unless Iran simply disconnects their country from the Internet -- which they've apparently threatened to do -- or severely restricts access for their people, the problem will continue to grow. These methods of clamping down would probably result in another massive revolt among students, one the mullahs might not quell so easily anyway. The mullahs have this problem: their subjects have tasted freedom and savor it. Once acquired, that taste never disappears.Sphere It View blog reactions
TrackBack URL for this entry is
Listed below are links to weblogs that reference The Transformative Power Of Free Speech:
» free mature women from free mature women
Mature bitches mature stories, free mature thumbs mature women sex. Mature fuck granny pics, mature fucking mature nudes. Free mature thumbs mature boobs, mature fucking free granny porn. Xxx mature mature hardcore, mature thumbs mature girls. ... [Read More]
Tracked on February 24, 2005 9:21 AM
My Other Blog!
Comment Moderation Policy - Please Read!
Skin The Site
Shot In The Dark
Northern Alliance Radio Network
Northern Alliance Live Streaming!
Des Moines Register
International Herald Tribune
The Weekly Standard
The New Republic
AP News (Yahoo! Headlines)
Guardian Unlimited (UK)
New York Times
Los Angeles Times
Design & Skinning by:
m2 web studios
- dave on Another National Health Care System Horror Story
- brooklyn on Hillary Not Hsu Happy
- rbj on Hillary Not Hsu Happy
- Robin S on Requiem For A Betrayed Hero
- Ken on Hillary Not Hsu Happy
- Robin S. on Requiem For A Betrayed Hero
- RBMN on Hillary Not Hsu Happy
- NoDonkey on Another National Health Care System Horror Story
- Robin Munn on Fred Thompson Interview Transcript
- filistro on When Exactly Did Art Die?
Proud Ex-Pat Member of the Bear Flag League!