Omid Reza Mir Sayafi

Omid Reza Mir Sayafi (also Omidreza Mirsayafi), a 29-year old Iranian blogger and journalist died in Evin Prison in Tehran on March 18, 2009.[1]

Mir Sayafi was the first blogger to have died while in prison for his publication. Two other bloggers were killed afterward, and they are the Bahraini blogger Zakariya Rashid Hassan al-Ashiri, who was killed in April 2011 and Brazilian blogger Edinaldo Filgueira, who was killed June 2011.[2]

Career

Mir Sayafi's blog is no longer accessible.[3] But with some searching one can find an archive containing the blog posts that led to his imprisonment.[4] Mir-Sayafi's main area of expertise was traditional Persian music. He also wrote poetry and penned articles for Persian-language electronic art journals. He was apparently well known in Iranian intelligentsia circles.

Death

In December 2008, Mir Sayafi was sentenced to two and half years in prison for allegedly insulting religious leaders and engaging in propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran. When he died, Mir Sayafi was still awaiting an additional trial for insulting Islam.

Reactions

Some human rights groups that his death follows a pattern of Iranian authorities "denying urgent health care to prisoners of conscience, resulting in their death."[5][6]

Impact

Several citizen media groups, such as the Committee to Protect Bloggers, have announced March 18 as the day of solidarity with persecuted bloggers.[7][8] The March 18 Movement was created in his memory.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Omid Reza Mir Sayafi, Iranian blogger Dies in Prison". GlobalVoices. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  2. ^ Curt Hopkins. 2011. "Brazilian blogger assasinated." ReadWriteWeb, June 23. Retrieved 4 November 2011 from the Lexis-Nexis Database.
  3. ^ "Mir-Sayafi: Iranian Blogger's Writings Bring Him To Life". The Huffington Post. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  4. ^ "http://rooznegaar.blogfa.com". Internet Archive. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  5. ^ Deaths in custody in Iran highlight prison authorities' disregard for life. 20 March 2009 Retrieved 19-May-2009.
  6. ^ Mother and Wife of Ailing, Imprisoned Labor Leader Plead for His Release. 18th May 2009 Retrieved 19-May-2009.
  7. ^ "Day of Solidarity with Persecuted Bloggers". Committee to Protect Bloggers. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  8. ^ Ben Schreckinger and Sean P. Smith. 2011. "Left in limbo in Iran." GlobalPost, July 14. Retrieved 4 November 2011 from Lexis-Nexis Database.

External links

  • The March 18th Movement
  • GlobalVoices.org
  • Huffington Post
  • The Blog Herald
  • Jailed Iranian Blogger Dies - Rooz.online.com


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.