Iran tries to censor coverage of protests by media based abroad



the background on the continuing protests across Iran, the Persian-language media based outside the country, have become the major source of alternative news and information for Iranians.

Now, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned the Iranian government?s attempt to silence coverage of the current wave of protests by Persian-language media overseas.

Domestic media outlets which are under strict government control have ignored the anti-government protests in more than 100 cities throughout the country during the past eight days, in which scoes of people have been killed and around 17,000 have been reportedly arrested, including several citizen-journalists.

Letter to OFCOM

Yesterday, the Iranian embassy in London wrote to the United Kingdom?s Office of Communications (OFCOM), which regulates the broadcast media, asking it to censor Persian-language media based in the UK on the grounds that their coverage of the protests had been inciting people to armed revolt.?

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