Friday, December 09, 2005

The Emrooz website was set up by people close to Iran's reformist President, Mohammad Khatami. Since a crackdown on reformist press, the internet has become the main forum for dissident voices in Iran. Emrooz carries news and current affairs articles that are broadly sympathetic to the reformist agenda, and challenge the wide-ranging powers of Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ayatollah Khamenei controls some of Iran's most powerful non-elected institutions, including the judiciary and the army. Iranian internet service providers have always been prevented from permitting access to sites deemed pornographic or anti-Islamic by the authorities, most of which originate outside Iran. But this is the first time the judiciary has banned an Iran-based domestic political website in this way.
Since the crackdown, there have been eight arrest of webbloggers and reformist newspaper journalists. The Iranian journalists' union are fearing a more radical crackdown.
Everyone try and check these articles out. Like the police that used myspace for evidence in a PA murder case, issues are even happening internationally.