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Stories about Iran

23 October 2017

In Iran, Music Streaming Sites Soundcloud and Spotify Are Back Online

Global Voices Advocacy

Spotify and Soundcloud are now accessible for Iranians.

16 October 2017

A ‘Verified’ Social Media Account Can Help Protect Iranian Activists — If They’re Lucky Enough to Get One

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media companies can do more to protect communities facing online attacks.

15 October 2017

On Language: The Many Flavours of Persian in Eurasia

"The language categories we are more or less stuck with are organized vertically by nation-state."

6 September 2017

Iran's Foreign Minister Says He Won't Tweet in Persian Because of Twitter Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

The rhetoric of the Rouhani administration is giving off less hope for online freedoms, and the popular foreign minister's statements about not tweeting for Iranian audiences has increased concerns.

15 August 2017

Reformist Members of Iran's Parliament Push to Free Green Movement Leaders Under House Arrest

Reformist members of Iran’s Parliament have established the Committee to Seek an End to House Arrests following the recent hospitalization of 79-year-old political opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi.

4 August 2017

‘With Empty Hands But Deep Beliefs,’ Jamal Hosseini Lost His Life Fighting for Human Rights in Iran

Global Voices Advocacy

The third anniversary of the mysterious death of Jamal Hosseini, a bridge between underground activists in Iran and the global community of human rights activists.

27 July 2017

What Do Election Results Signal About Women's Political Participation in Iran?

Iranian election results, although mixed, signal hope for an Iran where women’s voices matter on both national and local levels.

26 June 2017

Iran's Revolution In Waiting

The Bridge

Without the active presence of justice in all its forms, it will remain impossible for any Iranian government to achieve coexistence among all of the country’s ethnic nations.

22 June 2017

Detained Telegram Channel Admins Go on Hunger Strike in Iran

Global Voices Advocacy

The centrist administration of President Hassan Rouhani has been publicly criticized by Iran's hardline political factions for refusing to censor some of Telegram’s features.

14 June 2017

After Campaigning on Internet Freedom, Iranian President's ICT Minister Boasts of Internet Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

ICT Minister Mahmoud Vaezi announced that Rouhani had effectively improved methods to control the Internet space as well as shut down a number of platforms.

11 June 2017

A Physicist Who Always Dreamed of Working in the US Says It’s No Longer the ‘Global Center of Science’

His family zigzagged the globe in pursuit, and defense, of science. Now, he's worried about the future of science in the US.

7 June 2017

Iranian Photographer Mehrdad Naraghi: “No Medium Can Ever Be ‘Finished'”

The Bridge

"No medium is ever “finished.” It is only an artist who can be finished."

26 May 2017

After Reelection, Iran's President Rouhani Abandons Promise to Free Green Movement Leaders

President Hassan Rouhani refused to commit to ending the more than six-year extrajudicial house arrests of three opposition leaders—a pledge he made during his first presidential campaign.

17 May 2017

Iran Elections 2017: Hassan Rouhani Ran on Openness. But What Did He Actually Achieve?

Global Voices Advocacy

Hassan Rouhani has been both the candidate and President of "hope and moderation" for Iranians. Article 19's report assesses how this has had an affect on freedoms online.

11 May 2017

Iran's Upcoming Local Elections Are an Opportunity for Women

Elections later this month present Iranians with the chance to reshape their government by putting more women in politics.

8 May 2017

Seven Years After Execution, Kurdish Teacher Farzad Kamangar's Legacy of Hope Remains

"I know that one day, this harsh and uneven road will be paved for teachers and the suffering you endured will be a badge of honour..."

4 May 2017

Iranian News Agency Publishes ‘Fabricated’ Story Accusing UN Special Rapporteur of Misdeeds With Saudi Arabia

It's not the first time Iranian officials have tried to discredit the office of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran.

27 April 2017

It’s a Small World After All: Into the Deep Podcast

Spend time with someone from a different country or who speaks a different language, and you'll soon realize you have more in common than you first thought.

19 April 2017

A Video Game Offers a Rare Nuanced Glimpse Into the 1979 Iranian Revolution

The Bridge

A new Iranian-designed video game achieves the rare feat of providing an accessible and authentic narrative on Iran’s history without compromising on either content or creativity.

14 April 2017

Censorship Undressed: Iranian State TV Cuts Broadcast Mid-Sentence

Global Voices Advocacy

In an unusual broadcasting flub this week, Iran's official state media network cut off the live video feed of a reporter in mid-sentence, censoring election coverage.

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