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Adieu Ahmadinejad

Adieu Ahmadinejad

The controversial Iranian president leaves office in August. Sara Yasin looks back at how he has restricted freedom of expression during his presidency

Iran: Magazine closed down amid row over satirical image

Iranian magazine Shahrvand-e-Emrooz was closed this week for after publishing a satirical front-page image depicting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad being lectured by his Chief-of-Staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei. The image, published last month, highlighted Iranian conservatives concerns about Mashaei’s growing political influence, his opponents claim he is attempting to undermine clerical power in Iran. Shahrvand-e-Emrooz  was faced restrictions

Iran: Arrest warrant for Rafsanjani’s son

An arrest warrant has been issued for the son of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Mehdi Hashemi, whose father is an influential cleric and former president known for his opposition to President Mahmound Ahmadinejad, has been living in Britain since last year’s election. Although no specific reason for the warrant has been

Iran: Opposition blogger arrested

Doctor and blogger Mehdi Khazali has been arrested in Tehran, charged with “acting against national security and disturbing public opinion”. His website is openly critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and he has controversially claimed that the president has Jewish roots. In 2008, he was disqualified from standing in parliamentary elections and

Lebanon: Festival urged not to show Iranian protest film

State censors in Lebanon have asked Beirut International Film Festival not to show an Iranian opposition film during a visit from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Originally scheduled for screening on 13 October, the day of Ahmadinejad’s arrival, the film “Green Days” documents violent protests in Iran following last year’s disputed elections.

EU calls for Iran to end jamming of foreign media

EU foreign ministers have described the current situation in Iran as “unacceptable”, in a joint statement they call for an end to the jamming of satellite broadcasts  from international news networks.  In the crackdown since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election, dozens of journalists and campaigners have been arrested, including Ali Kanturi, a young student

Iran admits protesters were tortured

Iran’s police chief, Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam, has acknowledged that protesters detained in post-election unrest were tortured in custody, but says the deaths of detainees were caused by illness, not torture. The police commander has fired the head of a detention facility that was ordered closed last month. Three guards at

Iran: academics held

Seventy university professors who met with opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi in Tehran have been arrested. Read more here

Journalist Maziar Bahari arrested in Tehran

Iranian-Canadian documentary maker and journalist Maziar Bahari was arrested after police raided his Tehran home on Sunday morning (21 June). He is currently being held without charge. Over 20 journalists have been arrested since the beginning of the protests in Iran. Read more here

Iran: free to tweet?

Iran: free to tweet?

It’s time to confront technology companies in the West on the role they play in censorship worldwide, says Claire Ulrich

Iran: elections free up the media

Iran: elections free up the media

Fiery television debates, and the tactics of Ahmadinejad’s own supporters, have emboldened Iran’s newspapers, says Meir Javedanfar

Iran blocks Facebook in election run-up

Iran has blocked access to Facebook, prompting government critics to condemn the move as an attempt to muzzle the opposition before next month’s presidential election. Read more here