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CPB: Brian Conley Arrested

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Chris Vallance | 10:23 UK time, Thursday, 21 August 2008

The Committee to Protect Bloggers reports that Brian Conley of Alive in Baghdad and four other bloggers, have been arrested in Beijing. More here

UPDATE: Iraqi blogger Chikitita sends the following email from the campaign in support of Brian, it includes this statement from Brian's wife, part of which I've excerpted below:

Statement from Eowyn Rieke: My husband, Brian Conley, has dedicated his life to helping oppressed people communicate their struggles to the world. Since 2004 he has worked on the video blog Alive in Baghdad which produces and distributes weekly video segments about daily life in Iraq and the impact of the war.

Brian went to China to document pro-Tibet protests taking place concurrent with the Olympics. He was not participating in political actions, only documenting them as any journalist would. On August 19, 2008, he was arrested by Chinese authorities for this work, along with 5 others working with Students for a Free Tibet, Jeff Rae (who also works with Alive in Baghdad), James Powderly, Jeff Goldin, Michael Liss, and Tom Grant. Under China's repressive government it is illegal to record expressions of free speech and work as a journalist without state supervision.

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