Iran Bloggers Beaten and Worse

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The Internet continues to change everything, despite a lot of effort by backward thinking religious fanatics. I’m proud to have played a part.

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.