The First Post After Filtering
An Iranian blogger known by the pseudonym, Vakil al-Raoaya, has a new post titled, “The First Post After Filtering.” Al-Raoaya’s blog had previously been targeted by filters, which the Iranian government frequently uses to block public access to websites that express criticism toward the regime.
“This blog has been filtered since January 29th.” Al-Raoaya wrote sarcastically, “I experienced freedom of speech on the Internet!”
Al-Raoaya went on to urge readers to boycott the recent Iranian Parliamentary election that was held on March 2, 2012.
“We won’t participate in the election, and that is our right,” she wrote. “No one can force us to participate in a sham election.”
Al-Raoaya’s blog had been filtered since wrote a sympathetic blog post about a friend’s husband who had died in a plane crash.
“For how long will this regime kill Iranian youth by using outdated planes?” she wrote. “Everyone knows how risky these planes are for people.”