May 03, 2002


IRANWATCH: Reporters Without Borders protests the sentence against an Iranian newspaper editor for "insulting values of the Islamic revolution and false reporting." Interestingly, the editor's sentence was suspended-- perhaps the regime isn't confident enough to flex its muscles at this particular moment (even if the farcical, despot-dominated U.N. Human Rights Comission won't condemn them). The Islamic Republic has banned 21 daily newspaers and 40 other publications, and jailed 15 journalists, in a crackdown on the reformist press these past two years. They can't shut down the Internet, though-- which is why helping get Iran online (Michael Ledeen suggests wireless PCs for the opposition) is so important.

Posted by John Tabin at May 3, 2002 10:24 PM