THE COMMITTEE TO PROTECT BLOGGERS ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST CAMPAIGN: Free Arash and Mojtaba Lets show the world what the blogging community can do when it unites. Two of our own are in prison. Bloggers Mojtaba Saminejad and Arash Sigarchi are being detained by the Iranian authorities. (See below for their stories.) Heres what you can do. First, download the "Free Mojtaba and Arash" banner to your blog and link it back to this post. No one in the blogosphere should be unaware of Mojtaba and Arish. (Thanks again to our member Alan for this banner.) Second, if you are in the United States, contact either the Representative at the Iranian Interest Section of the Pakistani Embassy or the Ambassador to Irans Permanent Mission to the United Nations. (Iran has no embassy in the United States.) Here is the contact information. Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran 622 Third Ave. New York, NY 10017 Tel: (212) 687-2020 / Fax: (212) 867-7086 E-mail: Email the ambassador Iranian Representative Embassy of Pakistan Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran 2209 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20007 Email the Interests Section If you are outside the U.S., as many of you will be, you can contact either the Permanent Representative to the United Nations or the Iranian ambassador in your own country. Because distinct, individual messages are more effective than form letters, we will only provide suggestions. * Be respectful. Bloggers are known for speaking their minds with a minimum of preciousness. But you are writing diplomats, not other bloggers. * Make reference to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Iran is acting in defiance of this global standard. * Write a letter in addition to an email. It will amplify your voice and come on, your printer is like three feet from you. Besides, when was the last time you went outside? * Later, rinse, repeat. Do not just write once and forget about it. Keep on top of Arash and Mojtabas stories. Write and email repeatedly. Keep the pressure on. In addition to your efforts, the Committee will contact both the Iranian Interests Section and the office of the Ambassador to the Permanent Mission. We will report back to you with what we find out. Its up to us, no one else. Lets take responsibility for our own and show the world bloggers are a force.