The March 18 Movement was born out of a tragedy. On this day in 2009, Omid Reza Mir Sayafi, Iranian blogger and journalist, died in Evin Prison in Tehran. We have chosen to call this movement the March 18 Movement in order to honor Omid. Each March 18 from now on will stand as a day of memorial to Omid and to all the innocents he represents. We must unite to make March 18 the definitive day for commemorating the risks taken by bloggers around the world to tell their stories.

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