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Stories about Iran

25 June 2015

New Black Hand Street Art Surfaces in Tehran in Response to ‪#‎LetWomenGoToStadium‬

In the image, a man wears the national Iranian football team's jersey, thrusting a bottle of dishwashing liquid reminiscent of players holding up the World Cup trophy.

24 June 2015

Social Media Analysis: How an Iranian Kurdish Woman's Death Triggered a Regional Social Media Conflict

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media controversy following the accidental death of a hotel chambermaid underscored systemic discrimination ethnic minorities face in Iran and the emerging role of Internet censorship in this milieu.

22 June 2015

Iranian Journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi Sent Into Exile After Six Years in Prison

Zeidabadi, who worked for reformist newspapers, was convicted in 2009 of “propaganda against the state,” “assembly and collusion to create riots after the presidential election,” and “insulting the Supreme Leader.”

20 June 2015

Iran Features Heavily in the Latest WikiLeaks From Saudi Arabia

"#SaudiCables show overwhelming obsession of #SaudiArabia with regards to #Iran and Shiism."

16 June 2015

Stuxnet-Like Digital Attack on Iran Nuclear Talks May Have Come from Israel, Security Researchers Say

Multiple research groups verified that the virus used in the attack appears to be an offshoot of the espionage software called Duqu, which security experts linked to the Israeli government.

15 June 2015

Former TV Producer Mostafa Azizi Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison in Iran

Global Voices Advocacy

Azizi, who had left for Canada, was arrested when he returned to be near his ailing father. He was convicted of “assembly and collusion against national security,” among other charges.

4 June 2015

‘Writing Code Is Not a Crime': Jailed Iranian Web Developer Saeed Malekpour Turns 40

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is not justice to keep a talented software engineer in jail just because the software he developed was used by others for reasons deemed illegal by the Iranian government."

3 June 2015

Iran Sentences Atena Faraghdani to 12.5 Years for Cartoons

Global Voices Advocacy

A Revolutionary Court in Tehran has sentenced artist and civil rights activist Atena Faraghdani to 12.5 years in prison for publishing on Facebook cartoons and criticisms of the government.

31 May 2015

He Spared His ‘Enemy's’ Life in the Iran-Iraq War. Today They Are Close Friends

One soldier prepared to kill a critically wounded enemy three decades ago, but spared him when he saw photos of the man's family. They met by chance decades later.

27 May 2015

New Messaging App by Iran's Basij Militia Gives State Access to All Conversations

Global Voices Advocacy

The app will use servers owned and controlled by the Basij, thus allowing easy access to and monitoring of all user conversations by the paramilitary group and intelligence agents.

26 May 2015

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Starts Closed Door Trial in Iran

"If Iran had a case against Jason Rezaian, it would try him in public. It doesn't and won't."

23 May 2015

Iranian Reformists Commemorate the Anniversary of Ex-President Khatami's Election on Twitter

The hashtag #second_ofKhordad_Iam is trending to commemorate the 1997 election of the reformist former President Mohammad Khatami.

Global Voices Starts a New Collaboration with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

Global Voices has relied on the Campaign’s reportage and team of experts when covering major human rights concerns. We enthusiastically welcome this new collaboration.

20 May 2015

Verdict Delayed in Detained Iranian Artist Atena Farghadani's Trial

Global Voices Advocacy

Atena Farghadani was arrested over a cartoon she drew that depicts Iran's members of parliament as animals voting on law that will restrict access to contraception and criminalise voluntary sterilisation.

18 May 2015

Atena Farghadani Goes on Trial Tomorrow in Iran for Her Cartoon About Access to Contraception

Global Voices Advocacy

The cartoon that sparked her arrest depicts members of parliament as animals. She is charged with spreading propaganda against the system, insulting members of parliament and insulting the supreme leader.

16 May 2015

Afghan Rapper Escaped Teen Marriage by Singing About It

Sonita Alizadeh is now living and going to school in the US, and she’s still making music about social justice in Afghanistan.

11 May 2015

Selective Truths Revealed: The Case of Iranian Search Engines

Global Voices Advocacy

Iranian authorities maintain that local search engines can compete with Google and other Western alternatives. A new study by Iran research group Small Media puts these claims to the test.

How Kelly Golnoush Niknejad’s ‘Tehran Bureau’ Bridges Iran and the West

The Bridge

In the second installment of this series focused on Iranian journalists, Global Voices asks Kelly Golnoush Niknejad about the early days of Tehran Bureau.

Clashes in Mahabad, Iran, Following the Controversial Death of a Female Hotel Worker

"It's one thing to be Kurdish in Iran and a another to be a Kurdish woman. #JusticeForFarinaz."

8 May 2015

New Research: Iran Is Using ‘Intelligent’ Censorship on Instagram

Global Voices Advocacy

Political pages are accessible, but Justin Bieber and the Kardashians are blocked. Saddled with a censorship regime that is both exhaustive and ineffective, Iranian authorities are experimenting with “intelligent” filtering.

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