Monday, March 23, 2009

A blogger died in an Iranian prison


Our friend Hamid Tehrani has told us that Omid Reza Misayafi has died in prison in Iran. Omid was sentenced in December to two and a half years in prison for “insulting” Iranian religious leaders.
“(T)he reason for his death,” says Hamid, “has not been announced but he was in very bad psychological condition.”
Considering torture and other types of mistreatment are par for the course for free speech prisoners in Iranian prisons, Omid’s death may well have been a direct result of Iranian government actions. Considering the government usually places bloggers in prison with the most dangerous criminals, his death may only have been an indirect result. Either way, the men of the government of Iran and its prisons have a lot to answer for.
In the meantime, for what it’s worth, our heartfelt condolences go out to Omid’s family. They’ve killed one of us.

4 comments:

Romancing Italy said...

The government will never answer... and this type of thing will continue, and continue.

TrishaRitchieNC said...

This is heartbreaking news! My condolences to all who knew this brave man. Justice must soon prevail!

VLR said...

Every time somebody dies in an Iranian prison, or every time somebody survives the Iranian prison, something or somebody is dying. And i'm afraid Iran is not the only place on this planet...

Bertus

Internation Musing said...

All:
This is daily business in Iran.
Soon, an Iranian in exile will write on this blog!
Kindest
hans