Wednesday, 18 Jun, 2008 Current Events

Bloggers Face More Arrests


With the growing number of people, writing about their views in a blog, the more arrests for exposing human rights abuses or government criticism are expected this year.

As much as 64 bloggers were arrested since 2003 for publishing their views on the Internet, the University of Washington annual report said.

People were arrested for blogging on different topics, but most often on political issues, including corruption, human rights abuse and refusal to reveal sensitive information, critisism of political policies, the World Information Access (WIA) report revelaed.

In 2007 three times as many internet writers faced arrests, with more than half of them taking place in such countries as China, Egypt and Iran.

The number of arrests increased around the period of general election or political protests. Most of the bloggers were jailed for 15 month in average and the longest sentence reached 8 years.

However, it is suggested that a great number of arrests for blogging is underestimated, as in many cases it was difficult to confirm if the arrest took place and on what grounds.

Also, in around 30 countries, people cannot write everything they want due to technological restrictions introduced by the government. There are also numerous cases of arrests of British, French, Canadian and American bloggers.

As the popularity of Internet blogging continues to grow, the number of arrests is expected to increase, especially during the elections in China, Pakistan, Iran and the US.

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