The Plight of Iranian Journalists
Tehran Bureau / Dr Sahimi
08-Nov-2009 (4 comments)

After the rigged June 12 presidential election, as widespread demonstrations and protests gripped the country, many leading reformist journalists and bloggers were arrested and imprisoned. The pace of arrests has not slowed down. While some journalists have been released, many more remain incarcerated, and others handed long prison sentences. Some journalists who are also recognized as political figures have been treated harshly. Long stretches in solitary confinement has been a common feature of these incarcerations.
Last month Reporters Without Borders (RWB), the international press watchdog group, released its latest Press Freedom Index (PFI), a ranking of countries in terms of the degree of freedom that their journalists enjoy. Although Iran's ranking has never been high, it fell precipitously in the wake of the demonstrations that broke out this summer. The demonstrations gave rise to what RWB called "regime paranoia about journalists and bloggers." But, in fact, that paranoia has always existed in Iran.

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Setareh Cheshmakzan

Irandokht and Kharmagas

by Setareh Cheshmakzan on

The Irandokhti and Esfooni expressions are superb!  We Kermoonis say "Khoda aghl bedeh"!


good one IRANdokht!

by kharmagas on

ID says: "kheili khodeto ba fekr kardan narahat nakon"

Irandokht, we Esfahanis say "enghazeh herss nakhor" (*)


(*) You should give me your ghormeh sabzi secret recipe, for teaching you Esfahani.



wonder no more

by IRANdokht on

First of all, there is no nuke!

Second: Nobody uses nukes on their own imprisoned citizens: Americans used it on Japanese, Indians and Pakistanis use it to threaten each other. Now Israel has them and is threatening Iran, so the worst that can happen would be Iran threatening back! That way nobody would be bombing anyone.

As far as the journalists that are in prison, nukes got nothing to do with it.

kheili khodeto ba fekr kardan narahat nakon  ;-)



Wondering aloud

by Fred on

One wonders what such a journalist abusing, men, woman and children raping Islamist regime will do should its nuke lobbyists succeed in empowering it with nuke?