Media and the Elections: March 11-18, 2013

ASL 19 and IMP reviews the most recent election coverage by political faction.

Power and Politics: Iran’s Battle Against VPNs

As Iran blocks Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) many are wondering why this is happening now. Some see it is a way to limit anti-government comments leading up to the election while others feel that Iran is preparing to implement the National Information Network (NIN).

Cartoon Roundup: Nowruz Edition

Ahmadinejad's comments criticized, inflation during the Persian New Year, International Women's Day, and Iran fights off the foreign media.

Citizen Media Bypasses News Blackout of Farmers' Protests

Local and social media’s successful coverage of recent protests by a group of farmers in Esfahan shows the strength and efficiency of these networks in Iran. In spite of the government’s tight censorship and restrictions, wide distribution of news, short videos, and photos by citizen-journalists over the Internet made the “protest of farmers in Esfahan” a hot topic in state media. IMP and ASL 19 examine this media event.

Breaking Down Recent Media Coverage of the Election

As the election approaches, almost all of Iran’s newspapers are covering it on a daily basis. The news can be categorized by the three major factions in Iran: fundamentalists (traditional and nontraditional), reformists, and the Pro-Ahmadinejad group. This report reviews some of the news articles about each faction.

National Geographic expands into Iran: IMP and ASL 19 examine this latest media cooperation

In October 2012, a year after the Farsi-language National Geographic Channel debuted in the region, National Geographic made history by becoming the first American publication printed in Farsi after obtaining collaborative permission from both the National Geographic Society in the United States and Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

Cyberspace Report: February 16-March 2, 2013

The IMP monitors headlines this week focusing on cleric's comments on supporting Syria, Iran's inflation rate, conservative cleric's insult to Zoroastrians, and a cyber attack on Baztab Emrooz.

Media and the Elections: Is the Supreme Leader Extending an Olive Branch to the Reformists?

After a politically volatile four years marred by economic instability, international sanctions, and protests following the disputed presidential election of 2009, could the Supreme Leader's office and the main reformist faction in Iran be cooperating? Two weeks ago, many Iranian sources reported that Iran's three prominent reformist leaders - former Vice President for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Majid Ansari, former Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari, and former Minister of Industries and Mines Eshagh Jahangiri- were granted an opportunity to meet with the Supreme Leader. IMP and ASL 19 take a look at the coverage and the implications for the elections.