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Iranian net users defy the authorities

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In this edition: Iranian web users keep mobilising despite the measures taken by the regime to restrict web access; the Chinese blogosphere rejoices as a raped woman who murdered her attacker escapes jail; the Lithuanian pianist cat.




Iran is on fire! This message was sent out to the world in this photomontage. The mobilisation of millions of Iranians has not lessened since the much disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as President of the Islamic Republic. 

The mobilisation widely broadcast on the Web despite measures taken by the regime to restrict web access. Net users continue to post videos online of protests from recent days, with many images testifying to the violence of their repression.


Amateur documents aare widely broadcast on the microblogging platform Twitter, where users are asked to display these avatars to show their support for the opponents.

This exiled artist posted a letter calling on governments and foreign citizens to show solidarity with the Iranian people’s struggle, by refusing to recognise the result of this election.

But the request was not understood by this Jordanian blogger. He feels that, if Iranians are not satisfied with the result of the vote and the politics of Ahmadinejad, it’s up to them and them alone to get rid of him.

And some expect the conflict to continue indefinitely. This blog broadcasts information about first aid treatment for people injured in future clashes.




On trial for the murder of a Chinese official who tried to rape her, a young woman named Deng Yujiao escaped a jail sentence on Tuesday. Judges decided it was a case of legitimate defence, much to the joy of the many net users who supported her in recent weeks.

The Net users in question sympathised with the woman who, for them, symbolises the struggle against unlawfulness and corruption by local officials. This murder was perceived as a heroic act in the blogosphere.


Many poems and songs were composed to the glory of the young woman. The song below in particular became a hit.


The mobilisation intensified with the approach of her trial. These T-shirts were sold cheaply online to allow net users to publicly show their support for the young woman.


Approximately 500 gathered around the courthouse on the day of the trial. One of them even updated this blog live by text message to keep the blogosphere informed.


As soon as the verdict was read out, reactions flooded in to discussion forums, as net users celebrated what they considered as a people’s victory.


As stressed by Deng Yujiao’s lawyer on his blog, the verdict could have been a great deal more severe without the mobilisation of net users.

Finally, on this site, bloggers are organising a trip to meet their heroine on June 20 to celebrate her release.




Thanks to Koogle, a search engine created in Israel, it is now possible to surf on the Web kosher-style. The site should satisfy the demands of orthodox Jews. For example, it blocks overly explicit sexual content. The portal also respects Shabbat, during which people are not allowed to work: this is why no order made on the site on Saturday is recorded.



Nora, the pianist cat, is a star of the Web. This video, where we see her accompany her owner as he plays music by Bach, was posted online two years ago and has been viewed over 13 million times. Her talent inspired Lithuanian composer Mindaugas Piecaitis to create a piece of chamber music especially for her, entitled ‘Catcerto’.

An alien lands on Earth and decides to visit a house. The owner, thinking he has a scoop on his hands, snaps at the creature with his camera, in vain. This 3D animation, creating a buzz on the Web, was created by four French students with clearly promising talent.


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