Support Women Persecuted for Blogging about Human Rights Violations

Target: Female bloggers Yoani Sanchez, Jeng Jinyan, Farnaz Seifi, Ory Okolloh, and Lucie Morillion

Goal: Support “Reporters without Borders” organization for helping to ensure the freedom of speech and freedom of press for women all over the world.

A recent film entitled Forbidden Voices depicts the struggles of women bloggers who have been persecuted for questioning their governments’ censorship policies and human rights violations. In Cuba, Iran, China, and Kenya, women have been imprisoned for expressing dissent about their governments. In most western countries, freedom of speech and press are highly protected personal freedoms, yet in other places, people are continually denied the right to question their government. We must support women bloggers persecuted for blogging about human rights violations.

Lucie Morillion heads the “Reporters without Borders” organization, which helps to ensure that reporters, bloggers, and other media contributors are allowed to write and report the truth all over the world. She told the story of four women who have been persecuted by their government for blogging about human rights violations. Zeng Jinyan from China was placed in house arrest for months because of her blog about Chinese censorship. The People’s Republic of China has long been scrutinized by the world for refusing to allow free speech on the internet and for monitoring internet usage.

Yoani Sanchez from Cuba has been fighting for press freedom and freedom of opinion. Because of her activism, she was branded by the Cuban government as an enemy of the state and is no longer allowed to leave Cuba. Farnaz Seifi, an Iranian blogger,was persecuted by her government and declared enemy an of the state for blogging about women’s rights and freedom of the press. She was imprisoned by the state until she was eventually allowed to immigrate to Holland.

The freedoms of speech and press are two of the most important liberties an individual can claim. They allow people to gain access to the truth about their countries and to protest tyrannical or inhumane policies. Without these freedoms, people are at the mercy of their governments. Please sign this petition to support “Reporters without Borders” in ensuring freedom from persecution for female bloggers.

Dear Yoani Sanchez, Jeng Jinyan, Farnaz Seifi, Ory Okolloh, and Lucie Morillion,

Your recent film, Forbidden Voices, is bringing worldwide attention to the issue of women bloggers who have been persecuted for their dissent. Your organization, “Reporters without Borders” is helping to combat oppressive governments, such as Cuba, China, and Iran, which imprison women for blogging about censorship policies and human rights violations. Thank you for your commitment to protecting the freedom of women throughout the world.

The unfortunate reality of censorship is one that needs to be addressed. Your organization has made tremendous progress in shedding light on the dismal conditions of reporters and bloggers throughout the world, and is gaining support from the international community. The media is a crucial tool in combating censorship and human rights violations and you all deserve to be commended for fighting for the freedoms of women throughout the world.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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