OK, everyone put on your blue facepaint and your best Scottish accent, and shout along with me, “The enemy may take our lives, but they will never take OUR FREEDOM!!” Thank goodness I live in a country where I have the freedom to write whatever I want in my blog (whether anyone reads it or not is another matter). Unlike Iran, where the parliament is debating a bill that adds blogging to the list of crimes punishable by execution. Well, that is, “establishing weblogs and sites promoting corruption, prostitution and apostasy,” according to a post in ReadWriteWeb.
Blogging is apparently very popular in Iran, where a new generation of young people frequently challenge the old, hyper-conservative religious government (hmm, don’t read much about those young people in the press). The Committee to Protect Bloggers says that Iran is “among the worst offenders in terms of harassing, arresting and imprisoning bloggers, as well as students.”
ReadWriteWeb says it “condemn(s) the application of the death penalty to bloggers as itself an abhorent crime. Cultural relativism has its place, but this isn’t it. We want to offer our support to the new generation of Iranian young people struggling for freedom online and elsewhere, in any way we can, short of a US invasion of the country.” Hear, hear!