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Stories about Iran

28 August 2015

Is Telegram's Compliance with Iran Compromising the Digital Security of Its Users?

Global Voices Advocacy

Telegram has been complying with the Iranian government to block features, a cause for privacy concerns on a platform that boasts secure communication.

23 August 2015

Son of Green Movement Opposition Leader Comes Out in Support of Iranian Nuclear Deal

"As a professor of law who was banned from teaching in Iran, I strongly support the nuclear deal," Mohammad Taghi Karoubi declared in a video.

20 August 2015

Despite President Rouhani's Promises, Films Continue to Be Banned in Iran

Rouhani's remarks during his election campaign increased hopes that banned films would make their way to the cinemas. That hasn't been the case.

18 August 2015

An Icon of Iran's Reform Movement Joins Anti-Nuclear Deal Efforts

Ahmad Batebi has caused a social media stir by denouncing the nuclear deal and appearing in an ad produced by an offshoot project of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Saeed Kamali Dehghan on Covering Iran for The Guardian

The Bridge

"The common problem in many western media organisations is that they see Iran as black and white, and Iran is not like that. It’s a spectrum, it’s a rainbow.”

12 August 2015

Jason Rezaian’s Lawyer Prevented from Responding to Iranian Prosecutor’s Accusations

The court’s decision on the charges against Rezaian, which include “espionage” and “cooperation with enemy states,” is expected in a week.

4 August 2015

Iran to Partially Lift Ban on BBC

Iran announces BBC World news will be allowed to operate temporarily inside Iran, while the ban on BBC Persian is to continue.

3 August 2015

How Iran Used WikiLeaks to Attack a Human Rights Defender

WikiLeaks' management, unsurprisingly, is not playing along.

Iran Closes Down Hardline Newspaper After Anti Nuclear Deal Coverage

Global Voices Advocacy

Iran's Press Supervisory have closed down 9 Dey, a hardline newspaper that has published dissenting views to the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 countries, signed in Vienna on...

29 July 2015

Iran's University of Kurdistan Opens Department of Kurdish Language and Literature for the First Time

Bakhtiar Sajjadi, the new chair of the department, announced last week that 40 students have been accepted to start their studies this October.

23 July 2015

Talking to Iranian Feminist Author Nina Ansary on the Eve of Change in Iran

The Bridge

Mahsa Alimardani talks to the author of Jewels of Allah, a new book that sheds light on feminism in contemporary Iran.

Peaceful Dissent Becomes Religious Sin as Iran’s Hardliners Reassert Their Power

“To oppose the state is the greatest sin,” said Mohammadi Golpayegani, chief of staff to Iran’s Supreme Leader.

17 July 2015

After 6 Years in Jail, the Iranian ‘Blogfather’ Says Today's Internet Has Changed—for the Worse

Derakhshan, a former Global Voices writer, was incarcerated for six years for his blogging. His first English-language piece since his release criticizes the current state of the Internet.

14 July 2015

Historic Iran Nuclear Deal Finishes in Vienna

"Today could have been the end of hope on this issue. But now we are starting a new chapter of hope."

13 July 2015

Journalists Scrape Together What News They Can as Iran Talks Drag on

One journalist has been covering the talks so long, "I give directions to people and tourists; have a regular cafe; a regular gym; have joined the city's public bike system..."

4 July 2015

Iran's Version of The Muppets Makes a Comeback

Kolah Germezi (or "Red Hat") is a beloved Iranian TV program featuring a collection of skits and musical numbers. Its producer says the program officially has 35 million viewers.

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."

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