They're rounding up reporters again in Iran. Since the June 12 "election," "At least 100 journalists and bloggers have been arrested ... and 23 are still being held," states a group that tracks journalistic freedom. "At the same time, around 50 have been forced to flee the country to escape the relentless repression."
Meantime, my wife and I were walking past an Egyptian diplomatic office in downtown DC the other day when we encountered a bunch of very polite demonstrators protesting the imprisonment of Kareem Amer, an Egyptian blogger who was arrested for writing things not unlike some of the comments you see posted here every day.
So I want to pause to give a major tip of this blog's hat to the American Bill of Rights, especially my favorite one:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances ... "
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.