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FREE SPEECH - REAL AND NOT SO REAL

Says the interrogator, "If you were married, you would not have time to write such nonsense." In the LA Times, Farouz Farzami describes how blogging landed her in an Iranian jail.

"Tell us the truth. How much have you received to write these offenses against the Islamic state? How are you and your fellow Web loggers organized?"
How should I respond? I knew my mother must be terribly worried about me. What could I say to make sure I got out? "We are not organized against the state," I said. "I write because I want to criticize the system. There are some things in our state that should be corrected." "Why don't you write an e-mail directly to the supreme leader's office?" he asked. "The supreme leader considers all criticisms and takes corrective actions."

Among the crimes Farzami confessed to was having sex with her boyfriend, who is also a blogger. She is still awaiting trial.

Meanwhile, the same paper reports that more than a thousand students turned out to cheer Ward Churchill. He says journalists are "punks".
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