Iranian President Cracks Down On Citizen Blogging, Starts His Own Blog

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Ahmadinejad Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has started a blog. In his first post, Ahmadinejad described his “humble origins” and the beginnings of his anti-Americanism.

But under Ahmadinejad, ordinary Iranian citizens are increasingly unable to start their own blogs:

Iranian authorities are stepping up arrests and pressure on popular bloggers as part of a wider Internet clampdown launched after hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became president last year, ending years of freewheeling Web access that once made Iran among the most vibrant online locales in the Middle East.

The Internet censors are busy. Their targets include sexual content, international politics, local grumbling, chat rooms and anything else that makes the Islamic leadership uneasy. Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, a prominent human rights lawyer, estimates at least 50 bloggers have been detained since last year.

We’re guessing the government censors will leave Ahmadinejad’s new blog alone.

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