The American Interest
Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Iranian Blogger Dies in Prison, Likely Tortured

Iranian blogger and online dissident Sattar Beheshti has just died in prison, likely after being tortured by Iranian authorities. He is but the latest casualty of Tehran’s crackdown on free press and political activism.

Beheshti’s death has brought Iran unwanted attention, including condemnation from the U.S. State Department, which termed the death “suspicious” and called for an investigation. The Washington Post reports:

Iran’s state prosecutor confirmed Monday that a jailed blogger died in police custody last week and that wounds were found on his body, the first official confirmation of his death while being held.

The U.S. State Department and a press freedom group have called for investigation of the “suspicious death.”

Sadly, cases like Beheshti’s are a regular occurrence in an Islamic Republic where anti-Semitism, violent persecution of homosexuals, and ironclad censorship are facts of life.

These sound like just the kind of folks we can trust with the bomb, don’t they?

Published on November 13, 2012 2:45 pm