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International Blogger Arrests Hit New High

From technology section of the admittedly biased BBC News:

An Egyptian human right activist with chained hands gives the V-sign for victory during a protest against torture in police stations in Cairo, in 2007. A blogger released after weeks behind bars over deadly protests at Egypt’s biggest textile plant for higher pay and controls on prices, said Monday he and his fellow detainees suffered weeks of "torture".

Blogger arrests hit record high

Monday, 16 June 2008

More bloggers than ever face arrest for exposing human rights abuses or criticising governments, says a report.

Since 2003, 64 people have been arrested for publishing their views on a blog, says the University of Washington annual report.

In 2007 three times as many people were arrested for blogging about political issues than in 2006, it revealed.

More than half of all the arrests since 2003 have been made in China, Egypt and Iran, said the report.

Citizens have faced arrest and jail for blogging about many different topics, said the World Information Access (WIA) report.

Arrested bloggers exposed corruption in government, abuse of human rights or suppression of protests. They criticised public policies and took political figures to task

Jail time followed arrest for many bloggers, said the report, which found that the average prison sentence for blogging was 15 months. The longest sentence found by the WIA was eight years.

It acknowledged that the true number of bloggers arrested could be far higher than the total it found as, in some cases, it proved hard to verify if an arrest had taken place and on what grounds.

For instance, it said the Committee to Protect Bloggers has published information about 344 people arrested in Burma – many of whom are thought to be be bloggers – but the WIA could not verify all the reports…

The report pointed out that it is not just governments in the Middle East and East Asia that have taken steps against those publishing their opinions online. In the last four years, British, French, Canadian and American bloggers have also been arrested

Still, notice how this article neglects to mention why these Western bloggers have been arrested.

For unlike the bloggers elsewhere who have been jailed for writing about:

[C]orruption in government, abuse of human rights or suppression of protests. [And who] criticised public policies and took political figures to task…"

Our Western bloggers are jailed or fined for daring to be politically incorrect.

And if the Associated Press and the rest of our one party establishment have their way, this will be only the beginning.

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