Amnesty International is appealing to Internet bloggers and other citizens of Cyberspace to stand up for freedom of expression on the Net. The organisation claims that fundamental human rights are at this time in danger, where governments seek to control what their citizens say, and what information they can access. Soon, an Internet Governance Forum is to be held which will discuss the future of the Internet and citizen's role in it. Amnesty believes that it is paramount to place human rights (such as free speech) right at the heart of these discussions.
Amnesty is also currently involved in an appeal on behalf of a blogger in Iran who was detained earlier this month while reporting on clashes between security forces and supporters of Shi'a cleric Ayatollah Boroujerdi. Amnesty say that they fear for the safety of Kianoosh Sanjari and that he may be tortured.
"Freedom of expression online is a right, not a privilege – but it’s a right that needs defending. We’re asking bloggers worldwide to show their solidarity with web users in countries where they can face jail just for criticising the government."