Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Don’t blog your way to Jail

Leonard Chen has an interesting post over at AffiliateMarketingBlogger.com. He says when deciding what to write, it’s best to avoid topics like Religion, Politics and Racism – otherwise you may end up blogging your way to jail.

Yes, you can go to jail by blogging on the wrong topics.

As for blogging on religion, recently on February 22, 2007, Egyptian blogger named Abdel Kareem Suleiman (a.k.a. “Kareem Amer” online) was sentenced to 4 years jail for expressing his views on his religion in his blog.

As for political blogging, in February 2005, an Iranian blogger had been jailed 14 years. Arash Sigarchi was arrested after using his blog to criticize the arrest of other online journalists. They accused Sigarchi of a string of crimes against Iranian state, including espionage and insulting the country’s leaders.

As for racist blogging, for posting racist remarks against Muslims and Malays on the Internet, two ethnic Chinese Singaporeans – a blogger and a web forum user – were sentenced to jail under the Sedition Act on October 7, 2005.

Freedom of speech is recognized freely in the United States but this cannot be assumed in some other parts of the world, as can be seen by the above examples.

1 comment:

Markk said...

If you play with fire, you'll get burned...unless you're a political activist.