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Stories about Iran

16 August 2014

Iran Vows to Block All “Unlicensed” Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

On the day to recognize journalists, Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance announced that all news websites must henceforth obtain a state license -- or face automatic censorship.

12 August 2014

Iran's Internet Users Outsmart Government in Cat-and-Mouse Censorship Game

The Iranian government periodically releases new filtering rules intended to block Tor traffic, to which the Tor community typically responds with a same-day antidote for the block.

1 August 2014

Iran's Regime Likes the Washington Post's Op-Ed Space, but Not Its Reporter

Global Voices Advocacy

President Hassan Rouhani published an op-ed last year in The Washington Post explaining his moderate policies. Iranian authorities arrested the Post's reporter Jason Rezaian on July 22.

19 July 2014

4 Photos of Street Art by the ‘Iranian Banksy’ That Speak Volumes About Life Today in Iran

The work of the anonymous Black Hand has gone viral on social media. The graffiti offers timely commentary on events in Gaza and issues in Iran, such as women's rights.

12 July 2014

A Summer Reading List from Global Voices French-Language Contributors

Need some summer reading material? Here's a reading list of mostly Francophone authors recommended by the GV community.

27 June 2014

Singing and Dancing in a YouTube Video to Cheer On the National Football Team Can Get You Arrested in Iran

"Goal Iran" includes clips of Iranians in more than a dozen countries singing and dancing. Iranian police call it "vulgar."

10 June 2014

A Doctor Remembers His Days in Prison With Iran's Unjustly Persecuted Baha’is

The Baha'i Yaran - five men and two women - are serving 20 years in prison, the longest sentence of any prisoner of conscience in Iran.

22 May 2014

The “Happy” Video That Got Six Young People Sent to Jail

They were jailed and forced to confess on national television that they were tricked into the making of a "Happy" video in Tehran.

20 May 2014

Iranian Women Defiantly Remove the Veil

Women activists Iran all over are defiantly removing their veil to protest governmental discrimination against women. See how they break the law and flout their photographs online.

19 May 2014

Stealthily but Publicly, Iranian Women Remove Their Veils Online

Forced for decades to wear headscarves or face arrest, thousands of Iranian women are now sharing photos of themselves unveiled as an act of protest.

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