Monday, June 16, 2008

It's Dangerous to be a Blogger

A University of Washington report found that 64 bloggers have been arrested since 2003 for things they posted on their blogs. The problem appears to be growing.
In 2007 three times as many people were arrested for blogging about political issues than in 2006, it revealed.

Average time you can expect to sit in jail for blogging... 15 months. The of the incidence in the report, the longest any blogger has been sentenced for was eight years.

We're just hopping this new dangerous edge to blogging makes us that much more sexy to all six of our groupies.


Dustin said...

Ima groupie!

Xavier Onassis said...

Rather than just stating how many were arrested, it would be most useful to know how many were subsequently convicted and of what crimes were they convicted. Were all of these in the U.S.? Or is this worldwide?

And lastly, are they taking requests?

Anonymous said...

"More than half of all the arrests since 2003 have been made in China, Egypt and Iran, said the report."

"Arrested bloggers exposed corruption in government, abuse of human rights or suppression of protests. They criticised public policies and took political figures to task."

I think all of your questions are answered in the link provided in the story.

Xavier Onassis said...

wade - I couldn't be bothered to click on the link. The numbers weren't large enough to make me care. Now I care even less.

Thanks for clearing that up.

Anonymous said...

It is interesting that the majority of arrests are for things we have the freedom to blog about here. But for how much longer? CAIR wants to shut down our freedom to say anything negative about Islam. They try hard, if we don't fight back they will win, even here in the USA.