When your views can kill you

In some countries, voicing your opinion can kill you. According to Global Voices Online:

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.

What a tragedy. It is a reminder to those who live in countries where freedom of speech is permitted that we should never take this inalienable right for granted. We must fight for its protection, remaining eternally vigilant (to paraphrase Jefferson) to ensure that it is never taken away from us.

Read the rest of the post on Global Voices here.

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