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Stories about Iran

9 October 2015

Rethinking Criticisms Levelled at Iran's Supreme Council of Cyberspace

Global Voices Advocacy

In a follow up to the ICHRI piece, Small Media reacts to that report, with their own observations on the recent changes to Iran's Internet policy.

24 September 2015

Jailed Activist and Artist Atena Farghdani Protests Mistreatment With Hunger Strike

Global Voices Advocacy

“They have tarnished my daughter’s reputation in prison. They are playing with her integrity with their [ugly] words."

‘Halal’ Internet Advertisements Pop Up in Toronto, Canada

'Halal' Internet refers to Iran's national intranet project, but ads for censorship software associated with groups of parents protesting Ontario's sexual education curriculum are using the term.

15 September 2015

Iran's Hardline Supreme Council on Cyberspace Consolidates Power Over Internet Policymaking

Global Voices Advocacy

Iran's Supreme Leader is strengthening his hold over Internet policy through the Supreme Council for Cyberspace.

Saudi King Pays a Short Visit to an Iranian Victim of the Mecca Crane Incident

Saudi King Salman visits an Iranian victim of the Mecca crane accident, which killed 107 pilgrims on Friday. Some say it is a PR exercise while others praise Salman

14 September 2015

Learn To Speak English With a ‘Pershian’ Accent

The group behind the project explains, "As a Persian living outside of Iran, I miss speaking Farsi. Whenever I hear someone speak with a Persian accent it makes my day."

8 September 2015

Facebook Activist Details How She Received a Seven-Year Prison Sentence in Iran

Global Voices Advocacy

One of the eight Facebook activists sentenced to long prison sentences in 2013 for social and political commentary posted on their Facebook pages, has asserted that she was denied access...

A Poster Show That Links Havana, Tehran and Seattle

The curators have jokingly titled the collection the “SHT show” because, they write, when the get together it’s fun. "No politics, no prejudices—just an appreciation of our common interests."

7 September 2015

Iranian Newsha Tavakolian Wins Prestigious Prince Claus Award for Her ‘Bold’ Photography

She dedicated her award to "all colleagues who risk their lives telling stories of others that no one listens too.''

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.”

16 August 2015

Iranians Coordinate a Global Event to Support the Iranian Nuclear Deal

"I have no idea who is doing this, but it's kind of awesome."

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.

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