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Iraqi Blogger Held

Just received an email from The Committee to Protect Bloggers with news of the arrest of Iraqi blogger, Khalid Jarrar. According to the CPB he's been detained without charge since the 10th July. The full text  of the email is overleaf - please read it..

Via email from the Committee to Protect Bloggers...
"According to a message we received from Olivebranch, Khalid Jarrar has been taken into custody by the Iraqi mokhabarat, or secret service.  
 

Khalid is a prominent Iraqi blogger, author of Secrets in Baghdad and is the brother of Raed from Raed in the Middle .

 

Khalid's house had been broken into while he was in Amman, Jordan and his hard-drive stolen.  He then went missing.  Earlier today he called friends and family from prison, where he has been held since the 10th. 

 
Khalid's friends and family are calling for his release or at least his arraignment.
 
 
 
We second the motion.  If Khalid is being charged with something, charge him, and do so in the light of day."

I've spoken with Khalid's mother Faiza in the past. I sincerely hope that this issue is resolved quickly, for her and Khalid's sake. Given the history of her country and it's present difficulties it's hard to underestimate how traumatic this must be for her.

 

July 15, 2005 in Blogs, Current Affairs | Permalink

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