May 09, 2003

Sina Update

This is were things get strange, as well as interesting.

Iran based (the point) quoted an unnamed judiciary source about the case against Sina Motallebi, Iranian journalist jailed for the content of his weblog. According to him, Sina is one of 5 members of a group involved in production and distribution of "depraved" videos (!).

They include videos of birthday parties, wedding receptions as well as womens swimming pools (!!). He is also charged with making videos of street prostitutes in Tehran, by order of a broadcaster abroad. Furthermore, this "source" has claimed that since some of the prostitutes were shamed by the videos into committing suicide, Sina could face manslaughter charges (!!!).

In what Hoder has labeled "Random Confession Generator", Sina has already confessed to some of his "crimes" but claimes he wasn't involved with the video about the street workers.

This is absured, bogus and degenerated enough to have only come out of a judiciary system known for immense corruption and biased resolutions.

Sina is a prisoner of conscience and no amount of rubbish charges, made up confessions or planted “leaks” will change that.

I urge world’s free-thinkers, particularly those granted a journalism position in major broadcasting or wire services to defend their colleague. The infringement of his right to free speech is an assault on all of us and must be stopped now.

Posted by Pedram at May 9, 2003 06:30 AM

Sure, they picked him up for porno, that's why they deleted his op/ed blog off the internet. These guys are amatures. Someone should teach them the proper way to set up your victim before you arrest them.

Posted by: Dave at May 9, 2003 10:24 AM

this is all so disturbing. why isn't this on tv? in the major american newspapers? i'm glad instapundit picked it up, at least.

Posted by: sepideh at May 12, 2003 09:35 PM

Sepideh - I agree, the way major U.S. news outlets ignore most critical issues and yet leave some airtime to cover "doggy olympics" is most disturbing.

It is indeed thanks to instapundit, buzzmachine and other bloggers who managed to gain some profile for Sina's situation. I wish that broken girl had also covered it, but she was busy breaking up and all the mixed emotions that comes with that, so I understand. :o)

Posted by: Pedram M. at May 12, 2003 10:49 PM
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