What if you don’t have the right to free speech?

Can you imagine being put in prison for your right to speak freely? If I lived right now somewhere else, I could be put into prison just for writing my thoughts on a blog. This is reality.

Omid-Reza Mir-Siafi has died as a consequence of the torture he endured in the Evin Prison in Iran. He was imprisoned for speaking his opinion, for free speech as a blogger.

Iranian Blogger Dies in Prison. By Robert Mackey (thelede.blogs.nytimes.com)

Arrest and Transfer of Two Political Prisoners to General Section of Evin Prison (www.hra-iran.org)

See also:

English News at The Human Rights Activits in Iran site (www.hra-iran.org)

Iran: Appel à une enquête internationale sur le meurtre par empoisonnement de prisonniers politiques.  À la suite de la mort suspecte d’un prisonnier politique (www.ncr-iran.org)

This ought not to have happened. But it happens, all the time.

In connection with this, see also:

The price paid for blogging Iran. By Clark Boyd (BBC)

Iran jails blogger for 14 years (BBC)