Iraqi blogger Khalid Jarrar is freed

Iraqi blogger Khalid Jarrar, whose detention by the Iraqi secret police we reported last week, has now been released according to his brother Raed and his mother Faiza.

The Jarrar family were never big fans of the U.S. presence in Iraq. This experience appears to have made them even less so.


  • It reminds me of the Chinese proverb that says: Don’t give the poor fish, but learn him how to fish.

    For several decades no one helped the Irakis learn how to become citizens.

  • I blogged about Khalid’s arrest when I saw it in Global Voices, and I linked to the online petition for him to be freed (as well as sign it myself). It is good news indeed that he is freed. I would be curious to know if the attention that this case got on the blogosphere made a difference. To Khalid or anyone that knows him, I am very happy to hear of his release. Canada stands behind the Iraqi bloggers!

  • Luisetta

    That’s great news! Let’s keep our attention on Iraqi bloggers, so the government knows that the rest of the world is watching–it can often have a salutary effect.
    Neila: Do you mean that the Ba’athist legacy will take a long time to leave Iraq, because that was all the political culture most Iraqis have known? If so, can it evolve into something less monolithic? (something that can cope with irony and self-criticism, for example?). It’s certainly not going to manage it WITHOUT open political debate, is it?

  • Yes Luisetta that’s what I mean. The Ba’athist legacy will take a long time to leave Iraq, because that was all the political culture most Iraqis have known, they just don’t know yet what means citizenry and in the absence of security most people will rely on Allah.

    It is terrible to say but people are still very fatalist and are not at all used to dialogue or even debate. They kill first, they think later.

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