Dubai: Iranian Blogger Omid Reza Mirsayafi Remembered

About 40 young people from all four corners of the world came together in a cafe in Dubai and remembered the first anniversary of the death of Iranian Omid Reza Mirsayafi, the first blogger to die in prison. The meeting also reflected on the March 18 Movement, OR318, via art.

Junkie, a team member of March 18 explained the planning of this meeting saying:

I was thinking of organising a Tweetup (and arranging for a community-made art piece for the Movement on Thursday, 18 March.
The art piece would comprise of a large canvas where supporters of the movement can gather and express what freedom of speech means to them. They can use any conceivable medium – pictures, drawings, poetry, or even a plain ol’ simple “I want free speech. kthxbai” scrawled across the canvas to convey their messages.

Here are some of these art creations.

Against censorship



For Freedom of Expression


Here is a video film showing the event in Dubai:

OR318 -March 18 Movement – Dubai Edition from Areeba Hanif on Vimeo.

March 18 Movement uses animations to reach out to a large and young audience. Its second animation already received 75,000 hits. It was featured on the global homepage of YouTube on the 12th of March.


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