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Jakarta Post

Iran elections, Prita Mulyasari and Internet freedom

  • Bonni Rambatan

Malang   /   Fri, June 26 2009   /  01:10 pm

On May 13 this year, Prita Mulyasari was sued by Omni International Hospital for defamation and was sent to prison for expressing her opinions online, an action many would consider stifling free speech. Thousands of people, largely Internet-literate youth, took to Facebook and the blogosphere and rallied for her freedom, after which she was released from prison and placed instead under city arrest to await her trial. Exactly one month later on June 13, the Islamic nation of Iran entered what has largely been called its worse period of civil unrest in over a decade following the release of election results. Communication within the country was crippled, with phone lines and many IP addresses blocked. People worldwide signed petitions and voiced support for the protesting Iranians via cyberspace. The protest movement in Iran have been widely dubbed a "cyberwar" as peop...