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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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Pakistan says to hold election by January

November 5, 2007

By Kamran Haider and Augustine Anthony
(This article appeared on page 1 of The Washington Times on November 6, 2007, under the optimistic headline “Pakistan Elections Restored.”  On page 1 of The Washington Post, a picture taken just seconds apart from the photo here appeared with a much more circumspect report.)

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan said it would hold a national election by mid-January and President Pervez Musharraf pledged to quit the military after criticism from the United States for imposing emergency rule.

Musharraf has detained hundreds of lawyers and opposition politicians since taking emergency powers on Saturday, a move seen as designed to pre-empt a Supreme Court ruling on his re-election as president last month.

U.S. President George W. Bush, who values Musharraf as an ally in his battle against al Qaeda and the Taliban, urged Pakistan’s president to lift the state of emergency, hold elections and quit his military post.

Police used teargas against stone-throwing lawyers in the eastern city of Lahore, and wielded batons to break up another protest by dozens outside the High Court in Karachi.

It had been unclear whether parliamentary elections would go ahead in January as scheduled.

But Attorney General Malik Abdul Qayyum told Reuters there would be no delay and national and provincial assemblies would be dissolved by November 15 ahead of the vote that is supposed to transform Pakistan into a civilian-led democracy.

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