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Bloggers Provide the Free Speech in Iran

March 14, 2008

By David Blair in Tehran
The Telegraph (UK)
March 14, 2008

When Iranians vote in the parliamentary election, millions will have been influenced by lively debate in the only domain their regime struggles to control: the internet and blogosphere.

Newspapers are tightly controlled and television and radio channels carry a dreary diet of official propaganda.

But President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad comes in for heavy criticism from Iran’s youthful bloggers, who mirror a society in which two-thirds of the population are below the age of 30.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad casts his ballot in the ...
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad casts his ballot in the parliamentary elections at a mosque in south Tehran March 14, 2008.
(Raheb Homavandi/Reuters) 

“Of all the defects Ahmadinejad and his team possess, the one that is astonishing is their attitude towards themselves,” writes a 24-year-old Iranian student, who blogs under the name “Tehran Post.”

“They behave like they’re heavenly beings, supreme in every quality and measure. The trademark of his government and supporters is exalting themselves and criticising others, especially the previous governments.”

Between three and four million Iranians use the internet and perhaps 100,000 are active bloggers.

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Bloggers Provide the Free Speech in Iran