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Stories about Iran

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.

15 July 2015

‘The World Has Changed': Bold Statements From Iranian Newspapers in Reaction to Iran Deal

Even publications that have taken a critical stance on the nuclear negotiations gave the news of an agreement neutral coverage.

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."

16 June 2015

Stuxnet-Like Digital Attack on Iran Nuclear Talks May Have Come from Israel, Security Researchers Say

Multiple research groups verified that the virus used in the attack appears to be an offshoot of the espionage software called Duqu, which security experts linked to the Israeli government.

15 June 2015

Former TV Producer Mostafa Azizi Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison in Iran

Global Voices Advocacy

Azizi, who had left for Canada, was arrested when he returned to be near his ailing father. He was convicted of “assembly and collusion against national security,” among other charges.

4 June 2015

‘Writing Code Is Not a Crime': Jailed Iranian Web Developer Saeed Malekpour Turns 40

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is not justice to keep a talented software engineer in jail just because the software he developed was used by others for reasons deemed illegal by the Iranian government."

3 June 2015

Iran Sentences Atena Faraghdani to 12.5 Years for Cartoons

Global Voices Advocacy

A Revolutionary Court in Tehran has sentenced artist and civil rights activist Atena Faraghdani to 12.5 years in prison for publishing on Facebook cartoons and criticisms of the government.

31 May 2015

He Spared His ‘Enemy's’ Life in the Iran-Iraq War. Today They Are Close Friends

One soldier prepared to kill a critically wounded enemy three decades ago, but spared him when he saw photos of the man's family. They met by chance decades later.

27 May 2015

New Messaging App by Iran's Basij Militia Gives State Access to All Conversations

Global Voices Advocacy

The app will use servers owned and controlled by the Basij, thus allowing easy access to and monitoring of all user conversations by the paramilitary group and intelligence agents.

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