Blog - Media analysis
On October 15th, satellite provider Eutelsat, in agreement with its media service Arqiva, took 19 of Iran’s state TV channels and radio stations off air. These two companies provided the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) with one of its largest distribution platforms through their Hotbird satellites. Following this move, international satellite service provider Intelsat also blocked Iran's official broadcast channels in Europe from October 25th onwards. This report aims to examine the reasons being and reactions to these decisions.
This week, we look at a comic published in the centrist website Khabar-Online, entitled “Junk food on TV!” in response to a statement made by Iran’s Minister of Health that television programs containing advertisements for unhealthy products are airing less on IRIB. Additionally, any direct advertisement of unhealthy materials will incur fines.
Persian Cyberspace Report: Iranian netizens react to death of Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti while he was in custody of Iranian authorities
This week, 35 year old Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti died while in the custody of Iranian authorities. Persian cyberspace displayed a charged reaction to reports of Beheshti’s circumstances.
Persian cyberspace report: Iranian netizens react to Nasrin Sotoudeh's recent hunger strike; discuss Hurricane Sandy
This Week: Iranian netizens provide mixed reactions to human rights activist and lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh's recent hunger strike as well as the impacts of Hurricane Sandy through social networking platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
The United States presidential elections have been the topic of numerous cartoons in past weeks. This week,the ultra-conservative Fars News weighs in on the elections, portraying President Obama and Republican contender Mitt Romney as dogs rolling over for a bone held up by Israel. Israel is portrayed as the one who ultimately calls the shots. Read on...
Persian cyberspace report: 26 schoolgirls die in a trip organised by Iranian authorities; Iranians online react to the final US presidential debate
This week: Satellite broadcaster Intelsat follows suit and withdraws IRIB channels from broadcast, cyber defence classes to be offered as postgraduate degrees in Iran’s universities, 26 school girls were killed in a tragic accident that took place on a state-sponsored field trip, Iranians react to the final U.S. presidential debate and Iran’s Fars News opens an office in Syria.
This week: Persian cyberspace reacted to European satellite provider Eutelsat dropping 19 IRIB channels from its service and the EU’s Nobel Peace Prize and increased sanctions on Iran. In other news, Asghar Pourmohammadi has criticised the current IRIB boss for hiring unqualified people at the state-broadcaster, the Head of the Parliamentary National Security Commission has said the European news agencies should lose their licenses in Iran in response to Eutelsat’s decision to drop all IRIB channels, and a new bill has been proposed in Parliament aimed at finding new ways to broadcast IRIB channels in the US and EU.
This week, we examine a cartoon published in the ultra-conservative Sepah-affiliated Fars News. This cartoon entitled “Spreading Currency Rumors, the Hot Market” prods at the recent nosedive Iran’s currency has taken. The cartoon attempts to illustrate that a few opportune individuals are attempting to profit from Iran’s current economic climate by spreading rumors about the deflation of Iran’s Rial against the US dollars.