Iran jails blogger for 14 years

Filed as News on February 24, 2005 4:02 pm

by Duncan

An Iranian blogger has been jailed for 14 years on charges of “spying and aiding foreign counter-revolutionaries”

Arash Sigarchi was arrested last month after using his blog to criticise the arrest of other online journalists.

Sigarchi, who also edits a newspaper in northern Iran, was arrested in January after using his blog to ciriticise the arrest of other bloggers.

His sentence has been criticised by human rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders and comes a day after The Committee to Protect Bloggers held an Global Blogger day of action, calling on the Iranian Government to free Sigarchi and a second Iranian blogger, Motjaba Saminejad, who also used his blog to report on bthe arrest of other bloggers and remains under arrest.

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