More Bloggers Arrested in More Places

Our data, our selvesThe Christian Science Monitor reports that as blogging has become more popular, so has the oppression of bloggers by governments.

Bloggers seem particularly susceptible to political imprisonment: The vigilante tone of many citizen journalists sends them down a prickly path with government censors; and they are often one-man operations, meaning there’s no editors or company lawyers to fight an unfair arrest.

The report names 36 bloggers, imprisoned for an average term of 15 months each. Half of those arrested were in three countries: China, Egypt, and Iran. However, America, Canada, and the UK have also imprisoned people for what they wrote in their blogs.

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