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Iran drafts Death Penalty Bill for Bloggers




The Parliament of Iran is discussing a draft bill that criminalizes “establishing weblogs and sites promoting corruption, prostitution and apostasy (abandonment of one’s religion).” This is on top of a long list of crimes punishable by death.

Iran already has a record for imprisoning bloggers who challenges the government. It would seem that this move is the logical step up.

Those convicted of these crimes “should be punished as ‘mohareb’ (enemy of God) and ‘corrupt on the earth’,” the text says.

Under Iranian law the standard punishments for these two crimes are “hanging, amputation of the right hand and then the left foot as well as exile”.

The bill — which is yet to be debated by lawmakers — also stipulates that the punishment handed out in these cases “cannot be commuted, suspended or changed”. {source}

Scary, huh? But any criminal should be. That’s the purpose of the death penalty law.

In the Philippines, the worst an erring blogger could face is a criminal charge for libel (or enticing to sedition, perhaps?). Good thing the death penalty in the Philippines has been abolished by GMA. *heh*



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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27 Responses

  1. ernesto says:

    Scary indeed. I wont plan to go to Iran anyway!

  2. Adrian says:

    wow super scary huh!

  3. paurong pa kasi ang kaugalian nila kaya ayan.

  4. JM says:

    Well, that’s Iran for you.

  5. Jan Alvin says:

    These Iranian Criminal Bloggers deserves it. Those violations like corruption and prostitution should not be tolerated even here in the Philippines. Except apostasy, we have freedom here to choose what religion to join with.

  6. Bing Azanza says:

    Death should not be a penalty for bloggers. But for bad bloggers, yes.

  7. Jeffrey says:

    How about pretending to be an Iranian in Iran and setup a blog that writes about what their government are against, especially “apostasy.”

  8. Iran has a government right now that’s run by madmen. Poor Iranians. They are even trying to raise up nuclear arms and their getting it from North Korea. These countries has ideologies fitting only for madmen… Paminsan minsan, maiisip mo pa rin na masarap maging Pinoy sa Pilipinas… Great post Sir Yuga!

  9. noemi says:

    I guess their culture and laws are just harsher.

    I wonder what happened to the owners of chikatime.com. I imagined some of the complainants got a court order for the godaddy records to be available to the NBI.

  10. noemi says:

    I guess their culture and laws are just harsher.

    I wonder what happened to the owners of chikatime.com. I imagined some of the complainants got a court order for the godaddy records to be available to the NBI.

    http://mabuhaygirl.multiply.com/journal/item/391/How_How_How_Chickentime

  11. jhay says:

    It’s Iran so it’s not a big surprise. But here’s something that is perhaps more sinister punishment for bloggers: no more internet access for the rest of his life! LOLZ

  12. dimaks says:

    All I can say is, the bad deserves the extent of their doings, it be death or amputation, within the context of a certain country’s law, morals or tradition to that effect. I myself have no right to judge a nation, Iran in particular because i have never lived in it, slept and woke up in its worst and best, nor did I live among its people, witness their real days and nights or whatsoever.

    For now,I am focusing on making myself a better citizen of my country.. a better person in the smaller sense.

  13. I hope time will not come that it will be in the Philippines next.

  14. No wonder, I see lots of Iranians here coming to the Philippines and quite living a good life than the locals. Their government are just too sensitive with any issues. Hope the Philippines will still be a bloggin-friendly society.

  15. College Kid says:

    This is exactly why I am proud to be an American! Lee Greenwood said it best. No human should have to live under oppressive laws like this which infringe on their natural rights

  16. @dimaks – It’s not the nation, It’s politicians in power that should be blame. What if I’m an Iranian and I don’t want to embrace the majority’s religion anymore? Do I get punished for that?

    Have you guys heard of the Coptic Egyptian family who were allegedly massacred (even though their living in the U.S.) just because the father was unwilling to decline on his statements about religion on some heated discussions at an online forum?

  17. Athan says:

    thank God, I’m not from Iran, whew!

  18. @Queer: Don’t worry about it, will not happen in the Philippines. Iran is a religion-run country, we can expect such laws to be debated and passed.

    In our country, Filipinos are “too much” freedom loving to the point that it is already detrimental to the growth of our beloved country.

    That “too much” freedom loving will prevent such from happening here. But then again, if you think about it, if we have “too much” freedom, it means people can just pass laws or twist existing laws.

    Ironic :p

    ~ Anything excessive like freedom is evil, dangerous, and deadly. ~

    :: Social-Democracy for the Philippines ::

  19. This is one of the many reasons why I left Islam.

  20. dimaks says:

    i agree on the great influence of the politicians. that is why, if we want to know about a religion for example, we must go to the real source and not the practitioners/followers.

  21. issai says:

    @jc

    freedom should be intertwined with responsibility. tayo puro freedom, walang responsibility.

    waw grabe… nakakatakot… pero ang pilipinas they pass laws or policies that cater to religion. e.g. anti – birth control, abortion, death penalty etc… are we any different? maybe to a certain degree… we’re just not that harsh…

  22. Brett says:

    well..this day we must to be practical..rule is rule…Hamurabi did it so there is also an inheritance of rules among nations…and because they believe its good to there country and its also a good legacy or model to other country..

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