A year of blogging, threats and silence

Jillian C York is director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. 

In 2009, Iranian blogger Omidreza Mirsayafi became the first blogger ever to die in prison. That year alone, a year referred to by a senior US State Department official as “the worst year in the history of the internet as it related to internet freedom”, no fewer than 35 bloggers around the world languished in prison.

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