Banned Iranian Reporter Turns to Weblogs

Iranian regime is the best promoter of weblogs.

The latest example is Massih (Masoumeh) Alinejad, the parliament correspondent for reformist newspapers who was banned from the parliament building last week because of the troubles she had made for hardliner MPs.

It took 80 signs to oust her who had revealed financial interests the supposedly God-fearing and people-serving had secretly received as new year gifts and other occasions. Although they said she was banned for being “rude and intrusive”.

But now she has a weblog in which she continues to reveal more about the hypocrite MPs.


  • Also Iranian regime is the best promoter of “how to bypass internet censorship” ;)

  • jack


  • […] Charles Levinson – Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor, writes about Egypt’s growing blogger community and mentions Baheyya, The Sandmonkey and The Big Pharaoh. On the Iranian side, he talks about Hossein Derakhshan, an Iranian emigrant to Canada, who published directions on how to make a blog in the Farsi. Not to forget to mention that Hossein is one of the Global Voices authors. Last but not least, he talks about how Bahrain’s bloggers made a mark, quoting the Silly Bahraini Girl and Haitham Sabbah. […]

  • Did you know that there are close to 55 million young Iranians under 30? Did you also know that IF WE ALL rebelled against being under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s tyranny that we could start our own liberation and democracy of freedom for all of us and it would be a “new age movement” for all of our brother Muslims to join? Would this not be a good thing to do in the intrest of our own lives?
    Just read this news article below:
    The most talked about confrontation in Tehran these days began normally enough. A young woman walking down the street with a headscarf (sliding a little too far down?) hiding only half her hair was accosted by the morality police, called a slut and told to cover up.
    The incident became interesting when the girl responded with a Bruce Lee-like whoop and aimed a kick at her tormentor’s midsection. The girl knew martial arts, as she convincingly demonstrated to the approving cheers of the crowd that gathered around her to watch the whupping.
    What made it famous? Someone recorded it on a cell phone. Within hours, it was local legend.
    Islamic rule in Iran has withstood 28 years of Western outrage, economic boycotts and careful disdain by Iranians who long for more personal freedom. But the regime might not survive the cell phone, which Iranians are turning from a means of communication into a means — for symmetry? — of political protest.
    Nearly every young Iranian — in a land where 70 percent of the population of 73 million is under 30 — owns a mobile phone. And every day tens of millions use them to send text messages, pictures and videos to their friends.
    “No one uses a landline anymore,” says Mossegh, a 20-something clothing salesman. “First of all, most of them don’t work. And anyway, I communicate with my friends by SMS, not calls. Calling just isn’t cool.”
    Iranians belong to a chain mail of jokes about President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose irregular hygiene habits are the stuff of endless banter. “I walked in the ocean with just my socks on,” begins one joke making the rounds. “Now our talented Iranian scientists are figuring out how to replace all the water.”

  • Al

    Regime change is needed on June 12, 2009–get out the vote!

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