March 18 Movement Fights for Bloggers’ Rights

On March 18, 2009, Iran gained the dubious honor of becoming the first nation in the world to have a blogger die while in custody.

That first victim was Omid Reza Mirsayafi, a 29-year-old Iranian blogger and journalist who wrote largely about music and culture. (In 2003, Iran also became the first nation in the world to imprison a blogger.)

Just last month, a new group was founded jointly by a Bahraini, an Iranian and an American as a way to fight against these types of injustices being carried out by authoritarian regimes all over the world.

Recently, the March 18th Movement introduced its first Internet video as a way to help others around the globe learn about Mirsayafi and put pressure on foreign governments to stop these abhorrent policies of oppression.

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