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Ms. Clio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:43 PM
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62. Here's some violations of freedom of the press that are a bit closer to "home"
Cyberdissident still in prison despite release announcement

Austrian national Kamal Sayid Qadir, jailed for 30 years in early January 2006 for posting "defamatory" articles online, is still behind bars despite an announcement more than a week ago by representatives of the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan government that his release was imminent.

Or here's one, about another guy accused of plotting a coup, Mouqtada al-Sadr:

On 18 July 2003 al-Sadr used a Friday sermon in Al-Najaf to denounce as "puppets" the members of Iraq's new U.S.-appointed Governing Council. He also announced his own plans to form a militia. Al-Sadr announced his new government during his sermon at Friday prayers in Al-Kufah on 10 October 2003. Muqtada al-Sadr announced his intention to form an Islamic state in Iraq by establishing a shadow government there, complete with ministries. Fighting broke out in Karbala on 13 October 2003 when al-Sadr's men attacked supporters of moderate Shi'ite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani near the Imam Hussein shrine.

The cleric challenged coalition forces after they closed his "Al-Hawzah" newspaper on charges of incitement and arrested an al-Sadr aide on charges relating to the al-Khoi killing

Hmmmmm, so who is the despot, now? I'm sure you want to go on record with your outrage in these cases, too.
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