“It happened so quickly that all his rights were flouted.” – KHADIJA RIYADI, of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights, on the arrest and conviction of Mohammed Erraji, who was sentenced to two years in prison for writing in a blog that King Mohammed VI’s charitable habits were encouraging a culture of dependency. [source]
Not only do I feel that any state attempts to jail or silence bloggers sheer lunacy in this day an age, I feel the so-called “crimes” and “charges” some of these bloggers get hit with are pretty idiotic. Moreover, I think bloggers are the modern-day symbols for free speech; they are the official litmus test. Violating their online spaces is pretty much a bold statement by any government that they will continue to silence their citizens in all shapes and forms, and a reaffirmation to the entire world of that human rights violation.