Should i continue my being in internet as an atheist?!!

I am a little scared .the Iranian revolutionary guards (the most cruel and brutish armed force in Iran) have arrested 26 people for anti religious activity on Internet .here converting from Islam or even saying something against it in public can cause death punishment. Honestly I admit that now I am more concerned about myself than being worried about those poor people who have been arrested for ambiguous accuses . I don't know any of them (in fact I don't know any active Iranian atheist on internet ) and they haven't announced their identities but I wish they won't be executed. however I right anonymously but now that I am writing these lines have fear to be accused of having relationship wit them or defending them.
It s the first time that the revolutionary guards are getting involved in these cases so it s very alarming.
its news in reuters :
Iran says uncovers foreign-backed Internet plot
Another bad news that I heard today was :
Yesterday “Omid reza Mir Saiafi” a young iranian blogger died in the prison too . These are just announced activities and certainly there are many other events that aren't expressed in medias.
in this link you find more information about this blogger:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jbMfkVHvOJif_aCC...

What should I do?!!!
should I stop?
Internet is the only place that I can be anonymously myself !!!
I won't stop but I must be more cautious .

* i saw "Reporters Without Borders" letters about this blogger's death and added here in a comment

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Comment by Little Name Atheist on March 20, 2009 at 11:34am
I'm horrified to hear of the death of Omid reza Mir Saiafi and the action of the Revolutionary Guards!

I don't know much about Internet security. Until recently, I was hesitant to list much personal information on the WWW. Even with my photo and name on Atheist Nexus, I don't have my exact location listed. Being a programmer, I imagine you would have some insight into how secure online data is.

It looks like some people who have previously commented do know about Internet Security. I hope you can take the best course of action for yourself, balancing your need for interaction with like minds with protection.

I would delete anything that could lead back to you, change the location on your profile, especially delete photos if they are of you. I don't know if deleting your profiles online would be going overboard, but if I were in your position, I might do that and come back with a completely anonymous profile, maybe letting some friends know you're going to be changing before you go.
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 20, 2009 at 10:44am
As a biased ex-patriot I can say that Australia would be a good place to be. :-)
Comment by Daniel W on March 20, 2009 at 8:20am
Obscure Atheist-
I am worried for you too. Like others stated, remove the photo, please. Do what is needed to stay safe - things do change, and unexpected opportunities can happen too. You do not helpm yourself or anyone by bing in harm's way, so re-read your blog posts and remove anything that might be a problem for you. Keep your eyes open.
Comment by ObscureAtheist on March 20, 2009 at 4:08am
Thank you all for advices
Rosemary : I don't want to escape from Muslims to Muslims!!! at this moment i think the best possible way for my immigration is work and residential visa for Australia it just take a lot of
time (1.5 - 2 years) it seems that i must concentrate on it .
Eric :thank you again. we have no law about sending or receiving encrypted data so its legal and actually some people use this method to get rid of internet censorship .
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on March 20, 2009 at 1:13am
Please make sure you are well hidden. Thank you for alerting us about the level of threat in your country. While it can be difficult here, it is nowhere near as hellish. It reminds me of the Christianity which existed in the pre-industrial and pre-scientific stage of Western civilization. Given enough time and science education Islam will civilize, too. It will, however, be too late for you.

BTW, have you considered migrating to one of the much more moderate South East Asian Muslim countries? There is a large English speaking population in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Comment by unholyroller on March 19, 2009 at 9:42pm
Just do what you have to do to stay safe until you can leave that awful place. Keep us informed
Comment by ObscureAtheist on March 19, 2009 at 6:05pm
every day i think about immigration but it not easy for me . do you know why ? because i am from the "evil axis" and.... and i don't know when i can get rid of here. so how long i must hide myself ? ...
Comment by ObscureAtheist on March 19, 2009 at 5:51pm
Français: Le blogueur Omidreza Mirsayafi décédé en détention

Country/Topic: Iran
Date: 19 March 2009
Source: Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Person(s): Omidreza Mirsayafi
Target(s): web dissident(s)
Type(s) of violation(s): killed
Urgency: Flash

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked at the death, in a Tehran prison, of blogger Omidreza Mirsayafi and calls for the immediate opening of an investigation into the circumstances of the tragedy. His lawyer, Mohamed Ali Dadkhah, was informed of the blogger's death by a doctor, Hesem Firozi, who is himself imprisoned. The young blogger had been depressed and no longer able to cope with prison conditions. The doctor said, "The death of this young blogger is entirely due to a failure to provide assistance." Omidreza Mirsayafi was devastated at the prison authorities' refusal to grant him leave.

"We hold the Iranian authorities entirely responsible for the death of Omidreza Mirsayafi. He was unfairly arrested and they failed to provide him with the necessary medical care," the worldwide press freedom organisation said. "His death is a sad reminder of the fact that the Iranian regime is one of the harshest in the world for journalists and bloggers. We call for the setting up of an independent commission to determine this young man's cause of death."

The blogger was summoned to Tehran's revolutionary court for interrogation on 7 February 2009. At the end of the questioning, he was placed in detention. To this date, his lawyers have still not received any notice of sentence from the court.

The blogger was first arrested on 22 April 2008 and then released after 41 days in custody on payment of bail of 100 million tomans (approx. 72,000 euros). He was tried on 2 November 2008 under Articles 500 and 514 of the criminal code under which "anyone who insults the Supreme Guide Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, or the country's leaders, is liable to six months to two years in prison (Art 514) and "anyone making propaganda against the state is liable to three months to one year in prison (Art. 500).

Most of the articles on Mirsayafi's blog were about traditional Persian music and about culture. After his conviction, he told Reporters Without Borders, "I am a cultural and not a political blogger. Of all the articles I have posted online, only two or three were satirical. I did not mean to insult anyone." His blog, Rooznegaar, is no longer accessible.

In a recent e-mail to Reporters Without Borders, Mirsayafi spoke about his distress: "I am worried. The problem is not my sentence of two years in prison. But I am a sensitive person. I will not have the energy to live in prison. I want everything to be like it was before. I want to resume my normal life and continue my studies."
MORE INFORMATION:

For further information contact Hajar Smouni, RSF, 47, rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France, tel: +33 1 44 83 84 78, fax: +33 1 45 23 11 51, e-mail: middle-east@rsf.org, Internet: http://www.rsf.org
Comment by Father Nature on March 19, 2009 at 4:36pm
I second the comments about your avatar. If that's really you in the picture, get it off...NOW!
Comment by zeeman barzell on March 19, 2009 at 4:12pm
The first thing I would do is take that photo off your profile. Yikes!

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