Blogger Busts Tripled Last Year: Report

Political crackdowns especially harsh in Egypt, Iran and China
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 16, 2008 10:49 AM CDT
Raja Petra Raja Kamaruddin, a Malaysian blogger, is pictured in court for implying that the deputy prime minister was involved in the sensational murder of a young Mongolian woman, May 6, 2008.    (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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(Newser) – The number of blogging "citizen journalists" arrested worldwide in political crackdowns tripled in 2007 from the previous year, Ars Technica reports. Over half of last year's 36 arrests occurred in Egypt, Iran, and China, according to a new survey, which sorted arrests into six categories, most related to stirring up political controversy.