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Fred Petrossian · September, 2012

I am a Europe based Iranian journalist, blogger, and researcher. I joined Global Voices in summer 2005 and I used farid pouya and hamid tehrani as nicknames. I was the Iran editor of GlobaI Voices from May 2006 to January 2015. I have also been involved with several digital projects such as Digiactive and March 18 Movement [Think Social award 2009]. I co-edited and co-wrote “Hope, Votes and Bullets” book about Iran's protest movement and social media. For about 9 years I had been the Online Editor in Chief of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty's Persian service (Radio Farda) in Prague. Twitter: @fredpetrossian

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Latest posts by Fred Petrossian from September, 2012

Iran: Alternatives to Google and Gmail

Deputy Telecommunications Minister, Ali Hakim Javadi said to Mehrnews he hoped to launch the Fakhr search engine and Fajr e-mail as alternatives to Google and Gmail in the near future.

Iran: President Ahmadinejad's Men in Trouble

As President Ahmadinejad addressed the UN General Assembly on September 26, a foreign ministry spokesperson was attacked by protesters in New York and a government press adviser was arrested in...

Iran: Eight Years of Deception

International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has released a short video “demonstrating and highlighting systematic cover-ups accompanying the marked rise in human rights violations over the eight years of...

Iran Blocks Access to Google and Gmail

Iran has blocked Google and Gmail from the Internet for nearly all users, allegedly to protest against an anti-Islam film on YouTube. Others say it's part of a plan to...

Iran: New Wave of Repression Against Bloggers

Several bloggers are facing renewed attacks by government authorities, including jail time and physical attacks. Here are updates on four different bloggers whose challenges appear to keep growing.

Iran: Google and Gmail Will Be Filtered

Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, an Iranian official declared [fa] on Sunday 23rd September, Google and Gmail are going to be filtered in the next few hours.He says people asked us to take...

Environment: World Rhino Day

22 September 2012 is World Rhino Day. Currently there are an estimated 4,800 black rhinos and 22,000 white rhinos in Africa.Current poaching levels could see both species extinct in the...

Iran: Bear's Torture Commemorated with Day Against Animal Cruelty

A video of a brown bear and her cubs being clubbed to death made a big impact on the Iranian public in 2011. Now animal rights activists commemorate the day...

Iran: Government Offices Logging Off the Internet

Iran is planning [fa] to move the country's 42000 government offices away from the World Wide Web to “national internet” next week,according to the Iranian Minister of Communication and Technology,...

Iran: Jailed Activist Denied Right to Call Family

Several Iranians reported in Balatarin, a link sharing site, that Majid Tavakoli, a jailed student activist has been denied the right to call his family from prison for 20 months.

Iran: Street Stage Play

Tehran Live has published photos from a street stage play in front of Iranshahr Theater in Tehran.

Iran: Blogger Moved to Isolation Cell

Several sites are reporting that jailed Iranian blogger, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, has been moved to an isolation cell in Tabriz prison. Nehzatsabz blog says [fa] Hossein's health condition is worsening...

Iran: Much Ado About Anti-Islam Movie

The Iranian government and protesters in Tehran joined in calls demanding for the US government to condemn anti-Islam movie, The Innocence of Muslims. The film has led to furious protests...

Iran: “Civil Society” Charter for Iran

A group of Iranian intellectuals including Ramin Jahanbegloo wrote a new charter that aims to unite the Iranian people around a common human rights and civic agenda. Charter 91 has...

Iran: Quake Survivors Battle Cold

Several bloggers including Tohirow say [fa] that East Azarbaijan's earthquake survivors are now battling bitterly cold weather conditions.

Iran: “Soldiers of Islam” Hack Cartoonist's Facebook Page

The Facebook page of a leading Iranian leading cartoonist, Mana Nayestani, was hacked on Tuesday, 11 September 2012, by pro-regime hackers who call themselves “Soldiers of Islam”.

Iranian Women – Saying ‘No’ to Compulsory Hijabs Since 1979

More than 26,000 people have joined a Facebook campaign by Iranian students calling for an end to mandatory headscarves (hijabs) in Iran. Iranian women have protested for three decades, but...

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