Media and Elections: Behavior by Faction

ASL 19 and IMP continue to follow news of the upcoming 11th Presidential Election. With two months left until Election Day, few influential clerics and religious figures are directly endorsing or speaking out against potential candidates. Instead, clerics are giving statements of advice regarding candidates’ behavior and how they approach the election and voters.

Text Messaging as Iran's New Filtering Frontier

As text messages have become an increasingly important source of communication, rumors about government monitoring and censoring of text messages have been worrying many Iranians.The government aims to develop a “control before delivering” system which will filter messages that aren’t in line with the interests of the regime before they are delivered. This new technology will allow the government to avoid shutting down the entire text messaging system during the next presidential election, as they did in 2009. IMP and ASL 19 examine these developments.

Cartoon Roundup

The death of Margaret Thatcher, the situation in Syria, and the economy are the focus of this week's cartoon roundup.

No-fly zones for media coverage of Iran’s nuclear program

While the nuclear issue dominates international headlines, ASL19 and IMP examine the headlines in Iranian media. The second round of nuclear negotiations of the P5+1 group (Germany, Russia, China, the UK, France, and the US) resulted in an impasse in Almaty, Kazakhstan. While dialogue remains stifled between Iran and Western nations, there exists another divide within the Iranian political scene: an unofficial but largely recognized rivalry between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. This rivalry proves problematic in the case of foreign policy, a domain typically controlled by the Supreme Leader.

Media and the Elections: Back to Press after Nowruz Holidays

This past Saturday Iran resumed regular business hours after more than 15 days of Nowruz holidays, during which print media were temporarily at a standstill. Despite the standstill in the production of daily news, Year in Reviews have become a common publishing practice for many newspapers, covering a variety of topics including politics, culture, sports, and the economy. Political analysis and opinion pieces are typical features, especially this year as the Presidential elections are just two months away.

Cartoon Roundup

Iran's volatile economy, Kim Jong Un threatens peace, the stalling of nuclear negotiations, and high mortgage rates are the focus in this week's Cartoon Roundup.

The Supreme Council of Cyberspace: Centralizing Internet Governance in Iran

In March 2012, the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei issued a directive establishing a new centralized agency responsible for managing the country’s cyber policies. This body, the Supreme Council on Cyberspace (SCC), is tasked with formulating Iran’s Internet policies as well as with devising plans to regulate its use in accordance with the objectives of the Iranian Supreme Leader. ASL19 and IMP take a closer look at the infrastructure, management, and future of the Council one year after its creation.

Digital Media: FATA Polices Internet Cafés with 20 New Regulations

In addition to confronting cyber attacks, Iran’s Cyber Police (FATA) monitors the services, and content offered to users by Internet service providers, and Internet cafés. ASL 19 and IMP look at a list of 20 new regulations Iran's Cyber Police are attempting to strictly enforce on Internet cafés