Neda Agha-Soltan 1982-2009

Neda Agha-Soltani was fatally shot during a protest in Iran on Saturday, June 20, 2009.

May God give her peace and justice.

Several news outlets have reported on her death, and several opinion-makers have heralded her tragic end as a martyrdom for Iran’s opposition movement.

While I understand that every movement needs its martyr (this is Shi’a Iran we’re talking about–Time explains it for those of you not familiar with the importance of martyrdom in the Shi’a sect), I don’t understand the necessity for the image of her last moments to be splashed across news outlets.

Her last moments were filled with shock and drama, as onlookers attempted to stop the bleeding from the fatal gunshot wound in her chest. They realized they could not help as she began to hemorrhage, and blood ran from her nose, ears, and mouth.

But she is dead now.

And instead of being put to rest, her final, bloody image is being strewn across blogs and Twitter.

The cruelty and horror of Neda’s death may be a call to action, but her death mask shouldn’t.

I’ve written more at Muslimah Media Watch.