Iran's President Starts His Own Blog But Iranian Bloggers Are Being Detained.

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on August 14, 2006

I read Aljazeera.com to see the world through the narrative of the victimized, aggrieved Middle East (that’s the historic and cultural story of so many in that region) and this morning I find that none other than the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has started his own personal blog—in English, French, Arabic and Persian. Unfortunately, when I link to it off the Aljazeera site, I can’t get through. It’s, www. ahmadinejad.ir/.

According to Aljazeera, the first posts were items about his childhood and there is an online poll asking readers if the US and Israel are “pulling the trigger for another world war.” The first blog post was 2000 words long and Ahmadinejad promised to keep it shorter in the future.

Aljazeera also noted that “Ahmadinejad’s government has arrested and placed pressure on some bloggers as part of a wider internet clampdown begun after he became president last year.

Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, a prominent human rights lawyer, estimates that at least 50 bloggers have been detained since last year.

Iranian bloggers first started proliferating about five years ago.

Isa Saharkhiz, a member of the Iranian branch of the committee to protect journalists, said: “The crackdown on bloggers is part of a growing censorship policy by the state.”

So much for technology bringing the world closer and closer together.

Reader Comments

Cameron

August 14, 2006 9:57 PM

YOU FORGOT TO WRITE THE BLOG IS IN PERSIAN, THAT IS THE LANGUAGE THAT THE GUY AMED... SPEAKS.

roisin sheridan

August 14, 2006 11:43 PM

good for president of iran....dialogue is whatwe
all need

R Marvel

August 14, 2006 11:59 PM

Every time this guy opens his mouth he demonstrates a shocking ignorance of the West, and even the history of his own region. This level of ignorance makes him very dangerous indeed, because he has deluded himself into actually believing the West's days are over, and Iran's moment has come. My prediction, his fascist regime will be gone within the next 10 years.

Harm Joosse

August 15, 2006 8:34 AM

Hi.. there are some screenshots on my weblog. It seems his weblog is pretty busy visited and therefore difficult to reach it time by time.

And yes, his homepage is in Persian probably (could be an other arabic language, but i can't read any of them), but you can switch to english or french too.

C. Daly

August 22, 2006 4:02 AM

To succomb to western ideals would take him out of power, he has to defy the West and make it seem like our civilization is the devil incarnate. All this is done through propaganda/censorship etc. If he's looking to become a worldpower through blackmail then he's got his head in the wrong direction. The only way a country can florish is through individualism, no contest. Natural resources can only get you far and that money doesn't always make it into the hands of the people. Western culture was built hand-in-hand with christianity and do Shii's really want that in their country.?

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