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Iran using intimidation, arrests, censorship to restrict foreign media from reporting on Iran; fears press coverage can undermine political interests

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Hadi Ghaemi, spokesman for International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said,

Iranian authorities have long been repressing domestic journalists. Now it’s clear that they have turned an eye to neutering international press freedoms also… We are increasingly seeing Iranian authorities using intimidation, arrests, censorship, and other methods to restrict foreign media from reporting on Iran.

A source in the Iranian government, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Iran’s drive to restrict the ability of foreign media to operate freely in Iran is due to the fears of some officials that international press coverage can undermine their political interests.

The Intelligence Ministry, the IRGC , and the  (Supreme) National Security Council are pressuring the Deputy Minister of Culture  (and Islamic Guidance) who oversees the foreign press to give more control over the way foreign media reports Iran’s politics and economy, as the 2013 presidential election nears.

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