By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL
letter to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, around 50 Iranian
bloggers based in the country and outside have asked questions about the
imprisonment and subsequent death of Omidreza Mirsayafi, who
died last month
in prison under questionable circumstances.
Mirsayafi was sentenced to two years in prison for allegedly insulting Iran's leaders.
Prison officials have told Mirsayafi's family that he overdosed on sedatives, but the family has said that the circumstances of his death remain suspicious.
French media watchdog Reporters Without Borders has called for an independent inquiry into the blogger's death.
In the open letter, the bloggers write that there is nothing offensive or insulting about Mirsayafi's blog entries. They ask Khamenei directly to explain which of Mirsayafi's writings were insulting and landed him in prison.
They also ask why
Mirsayafi's trial was held behind closed doors and why he didn't have the right
to defend himself publicly.
The bloggers also noted that Khamenei had said in a speech last year that there is freedom to criticize the leader. How then, they ask, should they criticize Khamenei without ending up in jail?
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