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Stories about Iran

5 November 2019

Why is Pakistan trying to broker Iran-Saudi peace talks?

Despite many unresolved domestic issues, Pakistan's role towards brokering an Iran-Saudi peace talk is being widely criticized at home and abroad.

25 October 2019

Iran’s drive to block international services continues with Google Play ban

Advox

The decision to block Google Play is consistent with the authorities' strategy to foist home-grown Iranian apps and services on Iranian internet users and limit the availability of international services. 

29 August 2019

Winning a literary award won't set you free: An interview with author and asylum-seeker Behrooz Boochani

Australia's detention camps whistleblower describes conditions as hellish

1 August 2019

Iran's invisible children

"Given the Islamic Republic’s history of discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities, this lack of infrastructure, economic negligence and the depth of poverty appears intentional..."

5 July 2019

Iran’s Draft Data Protection Act: Too little but not too late

Advox

While lawmakers wait to ratify the Draft Act, they must pay heed to international digital rights standards in the new Draft Law for the Personal Data Protection and Safeguarding

16 April 2019

Material Culture art exhibition communicates deep personal experiences to transcend cultural borders

The Bridge

The exhibition features the work of five Iran-born artists who use “nonrepresentational forms” and a range of materials to create a visual language that communicates deep personal experiences and transcends...

11 April 2019

Iran faces backlash from its Azeri citizens over Armenia and the Karabakh question

Far more Azeris live in Iran than in Azerbaijan. When Armenia's PM visited Tehran earlier this year, they made their voices heard.

3 April 2019

Government official says the ban on messaging apps is slowing flood relief in Iran

Advox

"In situations where sharing information is vital, censorship can turn into a deadly phenomenon."

12 February 2019

Iranian environmentalists fear death penalty after a year behind bars

Public prosecutors built much of their case against the group from a forced confession made by one of the activists.

31 December 2018

Censored in 2018: Protest videos, court verdicts, real news — and Peppa Pig

Advox

From blocked websites to revoked media licenses to account shutdowns, censorship comes in many forms. Here are a few we saw in 2018.

7 November 2018

A conversation with Nicky Nodjoumi on the power and politics of his art

"Choosing power as one of the main topics of my work is rooted in the desire to drag it down to the ground and make fun of it."

24 October 2018

In Iran, state-sanctioned messaging apps are the new hallmark of internet nationalization

Advox

Since they censored Telegram, Iranian officials have deployed aggressive measures in an effort to promote national messaging services.

14 October 2018

For these Iranian twin-sister artists, collaboration is “like one person working with her other self”

"'Reincarnation' implies a new life. If we can make the audience wake up and realize the world around them and see the beauty in it, it is a huge success."

6 August 2018

Iran’s telecommunications company illegally rerouted Telegram app traffic

Advox

In a new move aimed at tightening the state-imposed ban on the Telegram messaging app, the Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI) temporarily rerouted Telegram app traffic in violation of domestic law in July 2018.

1 August 2018

Death of a 12-year-old boy lays bare the plight of Iran's Ahwazi minority

Meysam's suicide is the latest to afflict the Ahwazi Arab community, a minority population who live in Iran's oil-rich south who face hardship and discrimination by the country's authorities.

27 July 2018

From state censorship to western stereotypes, an interview with Iranian artist Maryam Palizgir

Maryam Palzigir's experience fought against both state censorship of artistic expression in Iran and now Western stereotypes of Iranians in the U.S.

11 July 2018

Iranian authorities arrest ‘Instagram celebrities’, in effort to assert control over social media

Advox

Iranian authorities announce plans to filter Instagram because of the evils of "Instagram celebrities". A few days later, the state broadcaster reveals the arrest of several "Instagram celebrities."

25 June 2018

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh jailed on national security charges for representing hijab protesters

"If you ask me what the authorities are thinking deep inside, I will tell they just want Nasrin to sit at home and...and stop defending civil and political activists..."

12 June 2018

Telegram channel administrator could get death penalty for “insulting the Prophet”

Advox

Article 262 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code dictates that “Anyone who swears at or commits qazf [slander] against the Great Prophet [of Islam]...shall be sentenced to the death penalty.”

Iranian parody band sings a love song for Telegram after its block

Advox

"Just when I was relying on you, you were suddenly blocked and gone and all I have left is this VPN, that's the only bridge between you and I."