Dale, Helle. “Iranian Bloggers on the Frontline Against Oppression” The Foundry. February 9, 2012. Web. 23 Feb. 2014. http://blog.heritage.org/2012/02/09/iranian-bloggers-on-the-frontline-against-oppression/
The article I’ve chosen to look at covers the topic of the severe level of danger that exists in Iran, for those who disseminate their thoughts, ideas, and the things they see, over the internet, and more specifically, through blogs. Through the story of an Iranian, Mehdi Khazali, the at one time editor of Baran blog, and son of Ayatollah Abolghasem Khazali, a member of the Council of Guardians of the Iranian Constitution, this article tells of the extreme lengths that the Iranian government will go to to keep dissident speech under wraps. Khazali was arrested, sentenced to 14 years imprisonment, 10 years internal exile and 70 lashes for speaking out against the atrocities of his government, something that is a clear freedom we hold here in America. Providing a very short list of other bloggers who have been arrested in the name of Iranian safety, this article quotes Iran’s intelligent minister Heydar Moslehi on why it’s acceptable to arrest their citizens, they “envisaged carrying out American plans to disrupt the parliamentary elections by using cyber-space and social networks.” This article is short and to the point, but it made a quick impact on me with the details of Khazali’s imprisonment. I”m not sure that this will be the most helpful source in my search for information on the oppression of government and why it’s important to keep fighting for freedom of speech, but it certainly helped to point me in the direction of what I’m looking for. I plan to do quite a bit more reading on Khazali, who apparently found ways, while imprisoned (that are not expounded on in the article) to fight back, even without his blog. In the meantime, this source has helped to shape my original argument into a more refined idea. Originally I was thinking about governments in general, but the sheer magnitude of Iran’s efforts to squash the rights of it’s people, as brought out by this article, made Iran my number one priority. I’m now armed with a starting list of bloggers who’s stories I can investigate, and eventually relate into a coherent argument as to why bloggers need to fight to keep control of their freedom to speak and write what they wish.