- Global Voices - https://globalvoices.org -

Iranian Hezbollah Goes Blogging

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Iran

Iranian blogosphere is very diverse with thousands active blogs. Among these blogs, we can find both many pro democratic, liberal blogs and pro Islamic Republic [1] ones. Most of these Pro Islamic Republic blogs call theselves Hezbollah blogs. If we like them or not, they are a part of blogosphere and represent a fraction of population. When we say Hezbollah in Iranian context is completely different from Lebanese Hezbollah [2]. In Iran, from beginning of revolution pro Islamic Republic forces called themselves Hezbollah without organizing a political party.

Hezbollah blogs are active, diverse and more and more organized. Let’s look at some of them to understand better what they are talking about:

Muslim bloggers committee [3] (Persian): Several pro Islamic Republic bloggers and site editors such as Pasdar [4] (Persian) and Esteshhadi [5] (Persian), have launched this Muslim bloggers committee to fight against secular bloggers and promote their ideas. To become a member of this committee you must be a Shiite [6] Muslim and you must believe in Republic Islamic. Muslim bloggers committee is a blog/site to regroup Muslim bloggers and present different sections: Among its sections we can read Jihad [7], Justice, Hamas [8], Hezbollah, clerics, Literature and so on. This blog/site will include a discussion forum in coming weeks.

Pasdar [4] and Hadid haker [9] promote filtering in country and their slogan is (Persian):

We demolish security of the dirty data to unravel evil’s program

If we go to Hezbollah blogs [10] (Persian) page, a blog itself, we can find links to more than 150 Hezbollah blogs which are divided in two groups Men and Women. Many of these blogs don't write about politics. In Mano Deltag [11] (Persian, a female Hezbollah) you just read poems. In many of them you find prayers to God or to Saints.
Like secular (pro democracy) blogs Hezbollah blogs are diverse and don’t follow a common path. Most of images used on these blogs recall us first years of revolution.