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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Iran Media Crackdown Intensifies as the Election Looms

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The Committee to Protect Journalists, a New-York based independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, reports on Iran’s intense crackdown on independent media ahead of the country’s presidential election in June.

According to the analysis done by the organization, Iran currently has at least 40 journalists in prison, the second-highest total in the world and a figure that reflects the government’s continuing determination to silence independent coverage of public affairs.

Sherif Mansour, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa Coordinator said that Iranian officials were “determined to silence independent coverage of public affairs” in anticipation of the upcoming election.

He added:

“This offensive on the press is choking the flow of information, allowing the government to hold elections behind closed doors in the midst of a crippled economy and international tensions.”

During a panel discussion on Wednesday night, Joel Simon, the executive director for the CPJ, said that the Iranian regime briefly “lost control of their ability to control, manage and manipulate information” after the election and therefore “lashed out with horrendous brutality.”

The CPJ report claims Iran’s censorship apparatus resorted to various tactics, including “mass imprisonments, poor prison conditions, torture, denial of due process, harassment, Internet censorship, and routine banning of publications, to silence critical voices”.

The report states that Iran had maintained a revolving-door policy in imprisoning journalists, releasing some while rounding up others. Growing crackdown on free speech had resulted “in record numbers” of journalists fleeing the country. At least 68 journalists have fled into exile over the past five years, according to the analysis.

Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist and former Newsweek correspondent who was imprisoned and tortured following the 2009 election protests also spoke at the Wednesday’s panel.  Bahari noted that because the regime has not mastered how to control the internet yet, it resorts to old ways of limiting or shutting down the media such as a news website or online group.

CPJ research shows the Iranian authorities also place intense pressure on the families of jailed writers and editors. Additionally, journalists imprisoned in Iran are routinely subject to abusive treatment, including floggings, extended periods of solitary confinement, and denial of family visits and medical care.

Emine Dilek (113 Posts)

Publisher/Managing Editor: Progressive Press. Contributing Editor: WVoN-Women's Views on News. Columnist: Palm Beach Woman Magazine. Former executive producer and radio host: WVR -Women's Voice Radio, Human Rights/Peace Activist, Aspiring Author/ Journalist/ Poet/ Blogger. Emine also appears as a revolving guest on PNN radio show -international political analyst-, and had been a guest on Liberal Fix and Brian Hammer Jackson Show. Her articles have been published in various publications such as The Vibe UK, The New Agenda, W.E.A Women @ Work, Amazing Women Rock and ICAHK.