Iranian Blogger Dies In Prison

Filed as Features on March 20, 2009 2:44 am

Global Voices report the sad news that Iranian blogger Omid Reza Mir Sayafi has died in prison.

Omid Reza Mir Sayafi, who had been sentenced to 30 months prison for insulting Islamic Republic Leaders last month, died in prsion today. Human Rights Activists in Iran site says[fa] the reason for his death has not been announced but he was in very bad psychological condition.

It seems as if Omid wasn’t a political blogger, which makes this thing even worse. Committee to Protect Bloggers found this on the Reporters Without Borders website:

His lawyer, Mohamed Ali Dadkhah, was informed of the blogger’s death by a doctor, Hesem Firozi, who is himself imprisoned. The young blogger had been depressed and no longer able to cope with prison conditions. The doctor said, “The death of this young blogger is entirely due to a failure to provide assistance.” Omidreza Mirsayafi had been devastated at the prison authorities’ refusal to allow him permission to leave the prison.


Most of the articles on Mirsayafi’s blog were about traditional Persian music and about culture. After his conviction, he told Reporters Without Borders, “I am a cultural and not a political blogger. Of all the articles I have posted online, only two or three were satirical. I did not mean to insult anyone.”

Iranian prisons are known for their harsh conditions, and there are reports of torture as well. No matter what, this is truly a sad story, and what makes it worse is that Omid wasn’t a political blogger. There are no excuses for actions like this, no matter what you write about, but Omid’s fate certainly sounds like a really bad luck.

Committee to Protect Bloggers has an unconfirmed set of events leading to Omid’s death up. If that one is correct, prison authorities surely has some blame in this.

Hat tip: ReadWriteWeb

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  1. By Parisa Afshin posted on March 24, 2009 at 6:49 pm
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    that’s a really sad story but its even sadder when you know its your fellow country men. RIP omid


  2. By TheWeblogZone posted on March 25, 2009 at 1:17 pm
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    That’s a sad story indeed. It’s also sad that there are still lots of countries that curtail freedom of expression.


  3. By Toofan posted on June 23, 2009 at 11:36 am
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    Mr. Ahmadinejad = Mohammad Mossadegh
    please Read history don’t repeat same mistake western like wolves waiting to enter into IRAN
    they don’t even care about their own people and you people asking them for help!!!


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