• Donkey Video Lands Two Azerbaijani Bloggers in Jail (Probably)

    You can say what you will about this video of a donkey giving a press conference that was put online by a couple of Azerbaijani bloggers — I mean, I've seen better donkey-giving-press-conference videos, I'm just saying is all — but it probably didn't warrant having them thrown in jail

    Two bloggers from Azerbaijan are facing up to five years in jail after posting a video of a donkey giving a news conference on YouTube. Shortly after the video was released, Andnan Hajizade and Emin Milli were held on hooliganism charges following a scuffle in a restaurant.

    "This incident is definitely politically motivated," said the bloggers' lawyer, Isakhan Ashurov… The Azerbaijani government denies that the bloggers' arrest was politically motivated.

    This is a travesty! A travesty! Has the Azerbaijani government never heard of the First Amendment?

    I think I'm gonna side with the bloggers on this one; I'm pretty sure this was politically motivated. From what I understand, donkeys are very strong special interest group in Azerbaijan. And they're not known more for their ability to haul sacks of grain than for their sense of humor.

    (via Boing Boing)

    Tags: Bill of Rights, YouTube


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