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Mahsa Alimardani

Mahsa Alimardani is the Iran editor for Global Voices as well as an Iranian-Canadian Internet researcher. Her focus is on the intersection of technology and human rights, especially as it pertains to freedom of expression and access to information inside Iran. She holds a Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and is completing her Research Masters at the University of Amsterdam, researching the Iranian Internet. She is also a researcher for the University of Amsterdam's DATACTIVE Research Collective.

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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.

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.

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.

12 April 2017

Iran's Election Race Sees a Popular President Up Against Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Leader's Favourite Cleric

"In the name of God, I have got election stress. Conditions for moderates have now deteriorated."

27 March 2017

Young Iranian Faces Execution Over ‘Anti-Islamic’ Social Media Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

"Sina's grandfather was a martyr of the eight-year war. Sina himself served two years. Sina has more rights to this country than most of these authorities."

15 March 2017

Donald Trump Was Right: Iranians Do Play With Fire

The ancient Iranian festival of fire, known as Chaharshanbe Suri, proves that Donald Trump was absolutely right — albeit unwittingly — when he recently accused Iran of “playing with fire.”

27 February 2017

Iran's Ahmadinejad, Whose 2009 Reelection Was Mired in Fraud Allegations, Gives Trump Advice

"We need to seek equality and brotherhood among nations and respect nations’ rights, as well as avoid arrogance and efforts toward domineering others."

9 February 2017

Iranians Make ‘Love’ Between Iran and America Go Viral with #LoveBeyondFlags

In order to counter the hateful rhetoric between their governments, Iranians make #LoveBeyondFlag, in gratitude towards American protesters who stood against Trump's travel ban go viral.

30 January 2017

More Than a Hundred Iranians, Many of Them Legal Residents, Face Challenges Entering the US

A crowdsourced database started by an Iranian MIT professor offers a snapshot of the impact of Trump's ban on Iranian nationals.

Protests, Deportations and Uncertainty: Iranians Ensnared by Trump's Immigration Ban

"My timeline is full of stories of people impacted by #Trump’s order. They are in shock & can’t believe it."

19 January 2017

Many Feared Dead After High-Rise Mall in Tehran Collapses Following Fire

"Memories of buying special clothes and fish, now it has all collapsed"

17 January 2017

Dissent and Solidarity: When Iran Mourns One of the Fathers of Its Revolution

Massive crowds gathered in Tehran on January 10 for the funeral of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who led a paradoxical career as a revolutionary and figure of moderation.

29 December 2016

Iranian Civil Rights Defender Continues Hunger Strike, Protesting His Wife's Arrest For Fiction Writings

Global Voices Advocacy

The campaign to free civil rights defender Arash Sadeghi has reached a critical point. Two months into his hunger strike, many worry Sadeghi's life is on the line.

28 December 2016

Homeless People Outside Tehran Are Taking Refuge in Empty Graves

Images of homeless people in Iran taking refuge in empty graves outside Tehran have been sweeping Persian social media.

25 December 2016

Open Letter From Diaspora Iranians to Trump Causes Upset Inside Iran

"Don't recognize 25 of the 30 names who wrote to #Trump to bash Obama & #Iran Deal. Fox News calls them 'Influential Iranians dissidents'"

8 December 2016

The Thin Line Between Political Censorship and Fighting Fake News in Iran

Global Voices Advocacy

Iran wants to regulate social-media news accounts with more than 5,000 followers because of the dangers of fake news. But what about the danger to free speech?

1 December 2016

Talking to Hooman Majd, a Bridge Between Iran and the US Mainstream

The Bridge

"Iran is not uniquely paradoxical: what's unique is that most people don’t know about Iran."

15 November 2016

Smog Engulfs Tehran—Again

Iran's capital is under its annual smog warning, and hardliners are claiming the failed Rouhani administration are slowly killing its citizens.

31 October 2016

Iran Is Poised to Limit Press Freedom Even More Than It Already Does

Global Voices Advocacy

The government of President Rouhani is preparing two bills that media experts and journalists say could further erode press freedom and freedom of expression in Iran.

28 October 2016

Hello Vodafone: What Does It Mean When a Global Telco Giant Enters Iran?

Global Voices Advocacy

Vodafone's partnership with an Iranian telco is a welcome improvement to the local telecommunications market. But the potential for complicity between Vodafone and Iran's surveillance infrastructure is hard to ignore.

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