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]


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.


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.


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]


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


  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. ^ "". 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
  • Huffington Post
  • The Blog Herald
  • Jailed Iranian Blogger Dies -

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