Thursday, March 19, 2009

Iranian blogger dies in prison

Global Voices reports:
Omid Reza Mir Sayafi, a 29-year old Iranian blogger and journalist died in Evin Prison in Tehran on March 18. In December, he was sentenced to two and half years in prison for allegedly insulting religious leaders, and engaging in propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Mir Sayafi was still awaiting an additional trial for insulting Islam.

According to the Human Rights activists in Iran website, Omid Reza suffered from deep depression in jail and was prescribed medications of which he apparently took too many. Dr. Hesam Firouzi, a jailed doctor and human rights activist says [fa] he urged prison authorities to send Omid Reza to a hospital outside prison but that prison doctors refused, and would not perform even basic tests.

A campaign has been launched in Facebook to “Hold Iran Responsible for Death of Blogger Mirsayafi in Prison”.


A video he made in 2007:

4 comments:

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Not the first person do die at that prison!

David G. said...

Christ Died On The Cross, . . . You're Point?

David G. said...

I know it sounds cold, but many innocent people die everyday .... and in these times, ..I'm lookin' out for my own!!

JCF said...

Everyone is "our own", David G.

I know it sounds preachy----and God only knows I don't live up to it---but as Christians, we're supposed to think of/treat EVERY human being, as our brother or sister.