In the latest example of a government cracking down on bloggers, a 19-year-old teenager in Syria has been sentenced to five years in prison after she was found guilty of "divulging information to a foreign country," Breitbart reported. The Syrian government accused her of being a spy for the U.S., which has been denied.
The young lady, Tal al-Mallouhi, was sentenced to five years in prison by a state security court, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement on Monday.
Bloggers around the world have been jailed throughout the years for a variety of reasons including an Egyptian who was accused of insulting Islam, an Iranian man who was sentenced in September to 19 years in jail for comments made on his blog, and bloggers were incarcerated recently in Egypt.
It was reported in 2009 that a young blogger in his 20s, Omid Riza Misayafi, died while imprisoned in Iran.
Meanwhile, American troops are putting their lives on the line -- some losing their lives -- to protect our First Amendment rights. Great country we have, eh? Let's stand vigilant to keep it that way.