serious “freedom” of expression

Recently (December 12), I received a joke over email:

A driver is stuck in a traffic jam on the Tehran-Ghom Motorway.
Nothing is moving.
Suddenly a man knocks on the window. The driver rolls down his window
and asks, “What’s going on?”
“Terrorists down the road have kidnapped Ahmadi Nejad. They’re asking
for 100 million tomman ransom.
Otherwise they’re going to douse him with gasoline and set him on fire.
We’re going from car to car, taking up a collection.”
The driver asks, “How much is everyone giving, on average?”
“Most people are giving about a liter.”

I googled the unfamiliar name and came up with Iranian President Ahmadinejad! A few images came up as well, including an obviously irreverent one from May 3rd, 2007. The text accompanying the doctored image is challenging, too. People are paying a price for practicing freedom of expression: twenty students were arrested on December 7th.

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