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The Political Affiliations of Iranian Newspapers

The complexities of the Iranian media ecosystem become most apparent during the election season when the heightened political climate leads to intensified scrutiny to and reliance on print media. In the absence of political parties, the press serves as a valuable tool during election campaigns, and this report highlights the shifting allegiances in national publications with a focus on politics, economics, and society. Newspapers are divided by faction (Pro-government Conservative, Traditional Conservative, Critical-of-the-Government Conservative, Affiliated with Reformists, and Reformist).

Cartoon Roundup: May 21st

This week's cartoon roundup focuses on tension surrounding the upcoming election, failing pharmacies, and redlines of media coverage.

Facebook, Twitter, and Protests: 2009 and 2013

Facebook and Twitter became powerful tools for information and communication during 2009 post-election unrest. Iranians used social media both for information and communication, to organize and share the location of rallies, and for strategic planning during unrest. The fast transmission and circulation of tweets, along with the inability to control their content, remain Iranian officials’ chief concerns approaching the upcoming elections.

Throttling Internet Access

ASL 19 analyzes the current state of Internet access in Iran as anti-filtering programs are disabled and Internet speeds continue to decrease.

Cartoon Roundup: May 6th

This week's cartoon roundup focuses on critiquing the Central Bank of Iran, President Ahmadinejad, and the current economic climate.

The Political Evolution of the Iranian Internet

Iranians increasingly rely on the Internet for information and as a forum for dialogue within a political structure where free and open debate is often stifled. IMP and ASL 19 analyze the history of the Internet in Iran and the emerging politics of its use as a surrogate public sphere.

Media and Elections: Behavior by Faction

ASL 19 and IMP continue to follow news of the upcoming 11th Presidential Election. With two months left until Election Day, few influential clerics and religious figures are directly endorsing or speaking out against potential candidates. Instead, clerics are giving statements of advice regarding candidates’ behavior and how they approach the election and voters.

Text Messaging as Iran's New Filtering Frontier

As text messages have become an increasingly important source of communication, rumors about government monitoring and censoring of text messages have been worrying many Iranians.The government aims to develop a “control before delivering” system which will filter messages that aren’t in line with the interests of the regime before they are delivered. This new technology will allow the government to avoid shutting down the entire text messaging system during the next presidential election, as they did in 2009. IMP and ASL 19 examine these developments.