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Iran Media Program

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Citation Filtered: Iran’S Censorship Of Wikipedia, Nima Nazeri, Collin Anderson Nov 2013

Citation Filtered: Iran’S Censorship Of Wikipedia, Nima Nazeri, Collin Anderson

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Using proxy servers in Iran, researchers Collin Anderson and Nima Nazeri identified every blocked Persian language Wikipedia article and divided blocked pages into ten categories to determine the type of content state censors are most adverse. In total, 963 blocked articles were found, covering a range of socio-political and sexual content including politics, journalism, the arts, religion, sex, sexuality, and human rights. Censors repeatedly targeted Wikipedia pages about government rivals, minority religious beliefs, and criticisms of the state, officials, and the police. Just under half of the blocked Wiki-pages are biographies, including pages about individuals the authorities have allegedly detained ...


Soft War: A New Episode In The Old Conflicts Between Iran And The United States, Farzan Sabet, Roozbeh Safshekan Nov 2013

Soft War: A New Episode In The Old Conflicts Between Iran And The United States, Farzan Sabet, Roozbeh Safshekan

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Soft war is ubiquitous today with the way the Islamic Republic of Iran characterizes its relationship with the West, and is a key concern of Iranian national security policy. Few, however, have seriously undertaken the task of defining what soft war is in concrete terms. This analysis proposes a definition of soft war grounded in Joseph Nye’s concept of ‘soft power’ and the history of Iran’s encounter with the West, particularly the United States. In this framework, soft war is the exercise of soft power by the United States on Iran, creating security challenges for the Islamic Republic ...


The Islamic Republic’S Political Elite & Syria: Understanding What They Think Through Iranian Media Narratives, Farzan Sabet Jun 2013

The Islamic Republic’S Political Elite & Syria: Understanding What They Think Through Iranian Media Narratives, Farzan Sabet

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The Islamic Republic of Iran has been the central regional backer of the Bashar al-Assad regime since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in March 2011. Despite the importance of Iran in the drama unfolding in Syria, including any possible resolution to the conflict, the Iranian political elite’s perceptions of the Syrian civil war are arguably not well understood. This report attempts to uncover these perceptions by analyzing the Iranian print news media and highlighting the dominant narratives. As one of the first systematic studies of Iranian media narratives on the Syrian civil war, this report can be ...


Presidential Candidates: A Look At Ict Policy Rhetoric, Iran Media Program Jun 2013

Presidential Candidates: A Look At Ict Policy Rhetoric, Iran Media Program

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All eight candidates participating in Iran’s eleventh presidential elections commented on ICT issues and cyberspace, unsurprising since the period leading up to the elections saw some of the slowest Internet speeds, crackdowns on VPNs, and warnings from various security bodies about the Internet’s ability to stir up seditious sentiment in advance of June 14th. This article takes a look at the candidates and their statements about ICT policy over the course of their campaigns.


Facing Boundaries, Finding Freedom: An In-Depth Report On Iranian Journalists Working In Iran, Magdalena Wojcieszak, Amy Brouillette, Briar Smith Jun 2013

Facing Boundaries, Finding Freedom: An In-Depth Report On Iranian Journalists Working In Iran, Magdalena Wojcieszak, Amy Brouillette, Briar Smith

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Despite extensive documentation of and attention to direct state pressure on journalists and the almost continual reissuing of “red lines” as a pretense for these media-repressive tactics, little systematic research has been done about the field of journalism in Iran. Beyond direct state repression—harassment, arrests, imprisonment—Iranian journalists face a myriad of regulatory and bureaucratic controls that restrict editorial freedom and the flow of information between journalists and citizens. Yet we know little about how reporters in Iran contend with these challenges on an everyday basis, and in particular outside the context of tightened state controls and crackdowns on ...


The Political Affiliations Of Iranian Newspapers, Shahram Rafizadeh, Mahsa Alimardani May 2013

The Political Affiliations Of Iranian Newspapers, Shahram Rafizadeh, Mahsa Alimardani

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The complexities of the Iranian media ecosystem become most apparent during the election season when the heightened political climate leads to intensified scrutiny to and reliance on print media. In the absence of political parties, the press serves as a valuable tool during election campaigns, and this report highlights the shifting allegiances in national publications with a focus on politics, economics, and society. Newspapers are divided by faction (Pro-government Conservative, Traditional Conservative, Critical-of-the-Government Conservative, Affiliated with Reformists, and Reformist), and labeled with their 2009 political affiliations, their expected affiliations for 2013, and their stance on reformists. Once the Guardian Council ...


Will Politics Be Tweeted? New Media Use By Iranian Youth In 2011, Magdalena Wojcieszak, Briar Smith Mar 2013

Will Politics Be Tweeted? New Media Use By Iranian Youth In 2011, Magdalena Wojcieszak, Briar Smith

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A survey of 2,800 Iranian youths regarding their consumption of media and social media indicates that the Internet and state-run television are their primary source for news and information, followed by traditional media and personal connections. Twitter, long thought to be the catalyst of the post-election discontent in 2009, did not show up on the radar of news and information sources.

The survey was conducted in 2011 by the Annenberg School for Communication’s Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) and is reported in the journal New Media & Society. The article “Will politics be tweeted? New media use by Iranian youth in 2011” by Magdalena Wojcieszak, Ph.D. (Gr ’09), IE University in Spain; and Briar Smith, associate director of CGCS, reported on efforts to ...


Finding A Way - How Iranian Reach For News And Information, Magdalena Wojcieszak, Briar Smith, Mahmood Enayat Feb 2013

Finding A Way - How Iranian Reach For News And Information, Magdalena Wojcieszak, Briar Smith, Mahmood Enayat

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The Iran Media Program publishes its groundbreaking 2011-2012 report on media consumption in Iran: Finding a Way – How Iranians reach for news and information. The report was authored by Magdalena Wojcieszak, Briar Smith and Mahmood Enayat and encompasses the results of two surveys conducted over the past year: the first is a field-based, systematically recruited sample of Iranians in several major metropolitan areas which mirrored the demographics of the country. The second study is an online questionnaire among young, metropolitan, educated and technologically savvy Iranians, and was aimed at illustrating the extent to which these youth employ new media for ...


Outside In: The Practices Of Iranian Diaspora Journalists, Magdalena Wojcieszak, Amy Brouillette, Briar Smith Jan 2013

Outside In: The Practices Of Iranian Diaspora Journalists, Magdalena Wojcieszak, Amy Brouillette, Briar Smith

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The Iran Media Program (IMP) conducted a survey of Iranian journalists living and working outside Iran. The IMP’s aim was to examine more closely the role and relationship between Iranian reporters abroad and their international and domestic audiences, as well as to broaden our knowledge of the Iranian diaspora media culture.

With this report, the IMP hopes to contribute new insights regarding the transnational dimensions of Iranian journalism, as well as how Iranian journalists working outside Iran view their roles within and perspectives on the broader Iranian media ecosystem. The IMP’s research adds to a growing body of ...