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Bloggers Worldwide Face Prison For Voicing Their Opinions

Bloggers risk facing jail time and arbitrary arrests by governments which feel threatened by their growing influence on the masses according to a report by the University of Washington which has been monitoring the number of bloggers jailed in the last five years.

Since 2003, dozens of people have been imprisoned because of what they have written on their blogs and with the forthcoming elections in China, US and Pakistan, the World Information Access (WIA) report reckons that the number of blogger arrests will surge massively and says that it is underestimating the number of arrests taking place.

For example, the report said that it could not prove that 344 people, many of them bloggers, were arrested in the recent uprising in Burma.

China, Egypt and Iran account for more than half of the blogger arrests made since the records started, with the average prison sentence reaching 15 months and the longest sentence being 8 years.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.