Blog - Media analysis
In March 2012, the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei issued a directive establishing a new centralized agency responsible for managing the country’s cyber policies. This body, the Supreme Council on Cyberspace (SCC), is tasked with formulating Iran’s Internet policies as well as with devising plans to regulate its use in accordance with the objectives of the Iranian Supreme Leader. ASL19 and IMP take a closer look at the infrastructure, management, and future of the Council one year after its creation.
In addition to confronting cyber attacks, Iran’s Cyber Police (FATA) monitors the services, and content offered to users by Internet service providers, and Internet cafés. ASL 19 and IMP look at a list of 20 new regulations Iran's Cyber Police are attempting to strictly enforce on Internet cafés
ASL 19 and IMP reviews the most recent election coverage by political faction.
As Iran blocks Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) many are wondering why this is happening now. Some see it is a way to limit anti-government comments leading up to the election while others feel that Iran is preparing to implement the National Information Network (NIN).
Ahmadinejad's comments criticized, inflation during the Persian New Year, International Women's Day, and Iran fights off the foreign media.
Local and social media’s successful coverage of recent protests by a group of farmers in Esfahan shows the strength and efficiency of these networks in Iran. In spite of the government’s tight censorship and restrictions, wide distribution of news, short videos, and photos by citizen-journalists over the Internet made the “protest of farmers in Esfahan” a hot topic in state media. IMP and ASL 19 examine this media event.
As the election approaches, almost all of Iran’s newspapers are covering it on a daily basis. The news can be categorized by the three major factions in Iran: fundamentalists (traditional and nontraditional), reformists, and the Pro-Ahmadinejad group. This report reviews some of the news articles about each faction.
In October 2012, a year after the Farsi-language National Geographic Channel debuted in the region, National Geographic made history by becoming the first American publication printed in Farsi after obtaining collaborative permission from both the National Geographic Society in the United States and Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.