Omidreza Mirsayafi

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on April 12, 2009

Remember his name:

The first line of his first blog from Tehran in September 2006 asks: “What is freedom?”

Omidreza Mirsayafi answered his own question. “I don’t know,” he wrote, “but I know someday I will see its shadow falling on my land.”

Two and half years later, from behind the gray walls of Tehran’s Evin Prison, he phoned his mother. They talked about his battle with depression behind bars. She asked if he was taking his heart medicine.

A few hours later, on a chilly mid-March evening, the 29-year-old Mirsayafi was dead. He was Iran’s first known casualty in the skirmishes between bloggers challenging the Islamic regime and authorities striking back with the tools they know best—imprisonment and intimidation.

There is much more, and you ought to read it. There will, alas, be many more stories like this one before greater freedom and civil liberties come to Iran.

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