Iran – A Conclusion

What effect is digital technology having on efforts to defend and improve press and broadcasting freedom in Iran?

While digital technology in the forms of mobile phone cameras, the Internet and social media has helped the word of the people of Iran get out, and expose the brutality of the regime, it has done little to improve press and broadcasting freedom in the country.

Yes the stories and pictures get out to international news agencies such as the BBC and CNN, but what about press and media in Iran?  They still face the same government control, the same restrictions and the same intimidation.

Hopefully with the exposure, international pressure will mount and the country’s press will gain confidence, but until then the Iranian government still maintains control over the nation’s media.

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3 Responses to Iran – A Conclusion

  1. Anne Gonschorek says:

    It’s the same with Burma, really. Although people have risen against the regime more than once, the situation remains more or less the same… But seeing, that the recent protests in the Middle East are more and more organized via facebook and twitter, I wonder whether the next protests in Burma, or the protests happening right now in Iran (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12479022) will have more impact…

  2. Ruben Martínez says:

    I think we have to bear in mind the differences between countries. In the Middle East and North Africa there is an important middle class community of educated youngsters who know what is out there. Their education levels and life experiences have helped to bring up a revolution.

    Burma is a completely different case, while Iran sees the dominance of extremist and right-wing parties that control vast majorities of the society. Besides, the links to 1979 Islamic revolution still plays an important role when shaping its society.

    I do believe that we cannot compare the situation in these countries to the one in North Africa and Middle East.

  3. Adrian Naik says:

    Well we have seen riots in Burma and Iran — but unlike the Middle Eastern and African countries, their oppressors are merciless. Like Libya, the government’s opened fire on civilians without blinking, but in Libya, the international community is more prominent, and international pressure will have more bearing.

    In Iran and Burma, the people are on their own, and the governments are well organised and ruthless. You are right, Ruben, we cannot compare these countries, but as Anne says, protests have begun again in Iran; this time they might have the confidence to go the distance.

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