Global Injustice and the Death of a Programmer

Posted on January 23, 2012 by David

After having read this wonderful article on Mashable, I must admit I have become a raging cauldron of fury. To think that in this modern day and age, that this kind of human rights abuses can still go on sickens me to my very core.

In essence for those of you that haven’t looked at the article in question, the story is that of one programmer, by the name of Saeed Malekpour.

Malekpour has been sentenced to death in Iran for the crime of developing the SOFTWARE that is used to upload photos to pornographic websites.

That is his crime. He developed software. And it has been used by a porn company. So now Saeed must die.

Is this seriously how the world works. I have no control over the fashion in which software I develop is used. I simply create it. Saeed’s image upload script might be used by thousands of companies but because it is used on a website that uploads and distributes pornographic material, Saeed will suffer and die as a result.

He’s undergone torture and threats to his family as well as having a forced confession. The real kicker in all of this is the fact that he’s actually a Canadian citizen and the Canadian government hasn’t stepped in at all to stop this blatant flaunting of human rights to protect one of their own.

I can guarantee that if Mr Malekpour was a UK citizen or a US citizen the troops would’ve been called out to bring him home the moment the Iranian government refused to release him.

It honest to god makes my blood boil. Now it’s well known that the Iranian government has draconic rules relating to the use of internet and the sites that people can view, but now they are extending these rules towards the people that make software.

It’s almost as ridiculous as stating that if I make a cup that is used by terrorist organisations, I should be branded as a terrorist as well.

My heart goes out to Mr Malekpour and my only hope in this matter is that the Canadian government steps in before it’s too late.

But am I the only one thinking that perhaps it’s time someone stepped on Iran’s toes regarding their abuse of human rights?

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