Mohammad Soleimani-Nia: Prisoner of the day

Internet expert arrested

Reporters Without Borders: Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Mohammad Soleimani-Nia, an Internet and social network expert who has been detained for the past three months and who, according to the information we have obtained, is being pressured to work with the government on the creation of a “National Internet.”

Soleimani-Nia ran u24, a social networking website for Iranian professionals that had tens of thousands of users. He also created and hosted the websites of many Iranian civil society organizations, NGOs and intellectuals.

He was arrested on 10 January after being summoned before a revolutionary tribunal in Karaj, a town 20 km north of Tehran. Plainclothes intelligence ministry officials searched his home the same day, confiscating his computer, hard disks and CDs. He has been held for the past month in Section 209 of Tehran’s Evin prison, where he is reportedly under intense pressure to work on the National Internet project.

Prior to his arrest, he was repeatedly summoned and interrogated by intelligence officials, who tried to make him surrender control of the websites he managed. According to his family, he is now on a second hunger strike in protest against the way he is being held. No charges have so far been brought against him and judicial officials forced him to sign a statement that he would unable to meet bail conditions.

Iran recently became the world’s second biggest prison for netizens, after China and ahead of Vietnam. A total of 19 bloggers and cyber-dissidents are currently detained in Iran, and four of its netizens have been sentenced to death.

The Iranian authorities meanwhile yesterday denied media reports that access to the international Internet will be permanently unplugged in May as part of the National Internet’s creation, which the government has mentioned on several occasions in the past.

In a statement, the ministry of information technology likened the reports to an April Fool’s joke and said they were being used by the media and “colonialist foreign circles” to discredit Iran.

As Reporters Without Borders said in the Iran chapter of its “Enemies of the Internet” report on 12 March, “Iranians who cannot, or dare not, circumvent the censors’ filtering system are doomed to use a regime-approved version of the Web, meaning one ‘cleansed’ of any political, social and religious criticism. The national Internet has been a reality for years now, so the announcement of its launching primarily stems from political and nationalist motives.”

The report also wondered how this “clean Internet” would be set up. “Is the regime moving toward a two-speed Internet with access to the World Wide Web for the government, religious leaders, Revolutionary Guards and big companies on one side, and the vast majority of the population limited to a censored Intranet on the other? If such is the case, the authorities would be guilty of grave discrimination against its own people – a genuine digital apartheid.”13-Apr-2012

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by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

the IRI would be gone very quickly, Vildemouse this is desperately sad, painful to see, but putting it up by JJ is a truly noble deed to not let it get out of sight or out of mind.  The USA loves extremism which it brought to Iran, but thanks to tiny efforts like this on IC and the mass on going crimes in IRI, the IRI is a gonner even with the covert US allies support, including trying to keep the IRI.  They can slow down the death, but not prevent the end of the IRI. 

This may be a deep thought, but the best thing to do for now as a group, is to raise our collective conscience and be understanding of the real issue behind Irans current circumstance, to recognize what this is a symptom of, the unwritten issues intentonally concealed, who are the patriots vs the others, or else we won't be able to move IRI goes based on where our collective conscience is at today.  Sadly due to mass controlled media's ability to manufacture consent we are Not too far off from where we were in 1979.  Contribute your thoughts here





 When is thig going to

by vildemose on

 When is thig going to stop??? This is just unbearable and evil. What can we do to help these souls and their families in a tangible way??

My blood boils everytime I click on the "prisoner of the day" tab on IC while there is nothing I can do to help the satanic situation in a prison called Iran.

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.


My hats off to all brave souls serving Freedom for iranians

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

Our best use of our energies is to elevate Iranians collective conscience so when the Regime is brought down we can face our future difficulties with grace.

Standing for Iranian Patriots and knowing what it is to be used as a tool to betray them.



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The IRI has been facing a tsunami of freedom seekers within its borders and its citizens.  The fact that IRI is using extreme measures to create fear, intimidate, imprison and torture those standing up for their rights, is a good indication for the fact the end is near.  These brave bunch have been putting their lives on the line for this freedom and they deserve our support if we are remotely believe in freedom and democracy for our mother-land.  They are the true soldier of this resistance and they deserve our support.  My hats off to each and every one of these brave bunch.


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