Freedom of Expression: Iran Expands Crackdowns on Activists and Journalists Worldwide
Relatives of foreign-based bloggers, journalists, and digital activists are facing increased levels of violence and oppression in the Iran. According to Reporters Without Borders, the end of May brought a wave of arrests of students and others accused of “insulting Islam.” Reporters Without Borders notes that much of the identification and arrests were carried out by the Organized Crime Surveillance Centre, an agency that grew out of the Revolutionary Guards.
The arrests highlight the ways in which Iran’s control over free speech extends beyond its national borders. Even as Iranian journalists and activists settle in countries with robust free speech laws, they remain unable to leverage digital media and journalism outlets without fear of repercussions. Read more about Iran’s crackdowns on free speech here.
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Flyers for Turaj Zaim, an Iranian activist and musician living abroad. Iran's new crackdowns target Iranians worldwide. Photo by Steve Rhodes, licensed Creative Commons:
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