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Iran: Deceased Blogger's Mother Erased Out of News Photo
Written by Farid On 13 March 2014 @ 13:44 pm | 5 Comments
In Austria, Citizen Media, Farsi, Human Rights, International Relations, Iran, Protest, Video, Weblog
There were warnings and protests from Iranian hardliners last weekend, when European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met with  with several human rights activists at the Austrian embassy in Tehran on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
In a negative article about the meeting, conservative newspaper Javan, doctored  a photo, erasing an image of Gohar Eshghi, the mother of the blogger Sattar Beheshti , who died under torture in police custody in 2012.
Javan later published  both photos with an explanation, saying they had censored the photo to avoid criticism for labeling the bloggers’ aging mother a “seditionist”.
Half Saddam, half Ashton
Mohammad Hassan Najmi tweeted  a photo of a propaganda billboard showing Ashton's face halved and shared with Saddam Hussein's.
— Mohammad Hasan Najmi (@mnajmi64) March 12, 2014 
In Tehran, some posters on billboards depict Ashton's face as half Saddam Hussein  [former Iraqi president who led a war against Iran, 1980-88].
They censor because they fear
Mehdi Mohseni tweeted  a satirical image of Sattar Beheshti's mother being cut out:
— Mehdi Mohseni (@mehdimohseni) March 12, 2014 
They censor because they are scared.
Mohammad Moni tweeted  on March 11 on the likelihood of government complicity with the protest:
— محمّد معینی (@mmoeeni) March 11, 2014 
Several students protested against Ashton's meeting with activists in front of the Austrian Embassy. Keep in mind you need a permission for even a water fight here. [several people were arrested after a playful water fight  in public in 2011]
“Ms. Ashton, Iran is not Ukraine”
A small group of hardliners demonstrated in front of Austrain embassy. One of the slogans was: “Ms. Ashton, this is not Ukraine.”
It was the first visit of an EU foreign policy chief to Iran since 2008.
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URLs in this post:
 met with: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/03/10/uk-iran-ashton-rights-idUKBREA290ZM20140310
 doctored: http://iranpulse.al-monitor.com/index.php/2014/03/4060/iran-paper-defends-choice-to-doctor-photo-of-ashton-with-activists/
 Sattar Beheshti: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/11/12/iranian-blogger-sattar-beheshti-tortured-to-death/
 published: http://javanonline.ir/fa/news/637791/%D8%B9%D9%83%D8%B3%D9%8A-%D9%83%D9%87-%D9%81%D8%AA%D9%86%D9%87%E2%80%8C%DA%AF%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%A2%D8%B4%D9%81%D8%AA%D9%87-%D9%83%D8%B1%D8%AF
 tweeted: https://twitter.com/mnajmi64/status/443785947767795712
 #اشتون: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23%D8%A7%D8%B4%D8%AA%D9%88%D9%86&src=hash
 pic.twitter.com/SRFFCcVhZm: http://t.co/SRFFCcVhZm
 March 12, 2014: https://twitter.com/mnajmi64/statuses/443785947767795712
 Saddam Hussein: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saddam_Hussein
 tweeted: https://twitter.com/mehdimohseni/status/443701123149733888
 #ستار: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%B1&src=hash
 pic.twitter.com/9XhZ97eOFu: http://t.co/9XhZ97eOFu
 March 12, 2014: https://twitter.com/mehdimohseni/statuses/443701123149733888
 tweeted: https://twitter.com/mmoeeni/status/443336871859724288
 #اتریش: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23%D8%A7%D8%AA%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%B4&src=hash
 March 11, 2014: https://twitter.com/mmoeeni/statuses/443336871859724288
 water fight: https://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/08/04/iran-water-fight-in-tehran-leads-to-arrests/
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