Iraqi blogger outspoken about country's corruption detained

A family member of a popular Iraqi blogger says authorities have detained him apparently over his coverage of anti-government protests

The family member, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said Shujaa al-Khafaji had received threats from unknown people in recent days warning him not to publish posts about the protests.

Al-Khafaji, 29, runs a popular Facebook page called "Brothers Iraq" that focuses on human rights violations. On Tuesday the page, which has 2.1 million likes, posted a video that showed what it said were people setting a checkpoint on fire after the protesters had left. It blamed government supporters for the fire.

A statement posted on the Facebook page and a family member said "unknown armed" gunmen stormed al-Khafaji's Baghdad apartment at dawn Thursday and took al-Khafaji as well as all of the family's computers and cell phones. The family member said the gunmen were heavily armed and masked.

Prominent Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr tweeted after the arrest that he is opposed to silencing people, adding that those behind it should be held accountable.

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