Gozaar Features Analysis from Iranian Authors as Crisis Continues
The latest edition of Gozaar, Freedom House’s online forum on human rights and democracy in Iran, examines the aftermath of the country’s presidential election with analysis from prominent Iranian journalists and academics.
Journalist Mohammad Tahavori writes about a disagreement between opposition candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi over whether to protest tomorrow at the site where Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will deliver his Friday sermon. The event at Tehran University could prove to be a flashpoint between the opposition and supporters of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
In another article, Iranian reporter Seraz Aldin Mirdamadi tells Gozaar how Iranians are circumventing increasing government censorship to organize marches and stay informed. The Persian and English language website also includes links to the latest news out of Tehran and a discussion forum on key issues.
Iran received a downward trend arrow in the 2009 edition of Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual survey of political rights and civil liberties. Mass disqualification of candidates for elected office—only four out of 475 were allowed to run for president—and the closure of numerous media outlets under Ahmadinejad led to the decline. Iran is ranked Not Free in Freedom in the World and in the 2009 version of Freedom of the Press.
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