I saw an interesting article in the BBC. It came out June 16th, 2008. To quote the article
“More bloggers than ever face arrest for exposing human rights abuses or criticising governments, says a report.
Since 2003, 64 people have been arrested for publishing their views on a blog, says the University of Washington annual report.
In 2007 three times as many people were arrested for blogging about political issues than in 2006, it revealed.
More than half of all the arrests since 2003 have been made in China, Egypt and Iran, said the report.”
It goes on the say “The report said the rising number of arrests was testament to the “growing” political importance of blogging.”.
It says the average jail time was 15 months, with the longest sentence being 8 years. To read the original article
Being an active Blogger it is changing the world and how we exchange information. I am amazed at who reads my blog and what part of the world they are from. A particular favorite blog entry of mine was the
How to “GO Green” As A Database Administrator (DBA).
The abilty to share my thoughts with people all over the world is amazing. I published another blog entry World’s 50 Most Powerful Blogs (European Style)
it was from the guardian.co.uk, another UK based article. I found the list quite captivating, and a few of those blogs are now on my must read list.
It is clear to me Blogging is part of our society around the globe in a big way. The fact that people are still getting arrested all over the globe for expressing their opinion, makes me realize just how lucky I am to live in the United States of America. I don’t always agree with what everyone says, but I am glad that here at least you are free to express your opinion without fear of being locked up for an average of 15 months.
Posted by Michael Corey