SAN ANTONIO, Texas — In response to the increased violence, arrests, crackdowns and media blackouts due to the recent presidential election in Iran, Bloggers Unite is urging tens of thousands of bloggers from all over the world to unite for a free Iran.
BloggersUnite.org, which is a nonprofit platform that encourages bloggers to do good and raise social awareness, has launched an initiative that asks bloggers and network participants to use their blogs and accounts to draw awareness about the Iranian election and related atrocities in Iran. Suggested topics include: human rights issues, unjust violence, freedom of speech, and continued support for democratic elections.
Bloggers are asked to write an additional post or use other social networks to call for an end to the violence on June 29. Bloggers who have already posted on the topic are asked to add a link to the growing number of posts at Bloggers Unite for a Free Iran.
“The importance of social media continues to increase with the Iranian government’s media ban,” said Tony Berkman, president of BlogCatalog.com. “Through Bloggers Unite, we are hoping people from around the world will send a message to the Iranian government that the world stands behind their citizens and their struggle for basic human rights, including elections.”
Bloggers and members of the media are asked to contribute to the Bloggers Unite for a Free Iran campaign by making it a dominant issue on the Internet on June 29. Non-bloggers are asked to participate by leaving supportive comments on participating blogs, sharing links to posts about this important effort, and/or by turning all avatars green in honor of the campaign. Bloggers Unite is also adding badges and support information for bloggers to use. (http://www.bloggersunite.org/event/free-iran) “When we host organized campaigns, they are usually 90 days in the making,” said Berkman. “This time, the crisis is now, the need for action is now, the initiative is now.”
Since 2007, BlogCatalog’s Bloggers Unite has evolved as the first blogger-driven social awareness campaign initiative into a self-sustaining social awareness network supported by BlogCatalog. More than 200,000 bloggers interact on BlogCatalog.com every day. For more information, visit http://www.bloggersunite.org/event/free-iran