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Censorship Procedures in the Islamic Republic of Iran (PDF Guide )

Censorship takes many forms in the Islamic Republic of Iran. From regulations establishing specific censorship procedures to extra-legal measures taken by various government bodies, restrictions on freedom of expression occur in a wide variety of situations. The following charts provide a broad outline of how censorship works in a variety of media. ... Read more

IHRDC Releases Documentary — “A Culture of Intimidation: The Islamic Republic and the Press”

(May 29, 2015) -- Last month, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI), Javad Zarif, announced to the world that the IRI does not “jail people for their opinions”, adding that, “people who commit crimes…cannot hide behind being a journalist.” ... Read more

Video Witness Statement of Babak Khorram Khorshid

In this video witness statement, Babak Khorram Khorshid, an actor and writer, reflects on changes in social life in Iran over the decades since the ... Watch video

Why Iran Is Banning Instagram

Originally posted at: http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/why-iran-is-banning-instagram Written by BEN RICHMOND May 23, 2014 // 04:21 PM EST Instagram has long enjoyed something of an outlier status in Iran, remaining legal ... Read more

IHRDC makes oral submissions in Zahra Kazemi case

IHRDC makes oral submissions in case involving murder of Iranian-Canadian photojournalist; result could open door for redress for other victims and survivors of torture ... Read more

Special Rapporteur's March 2014 report on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN Human Rights Council's 25th session. ... Read more

IRI authorities censor political advertisements pertaining to tomorrow’s presidential election

(June 13, 2013) -- The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) has learned that significant portions of the second documentary film produced by the campaign of Hassan Rowhani, the remaining moderate/reformist presidential candidate in tomorrow’s presidential election were censored by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the state radio and television service of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). ... Read more

Violent Aftermath: The 2009 Election and Suppression of Dissent in Iran

This preliminary report documents and analyzes the regime’s brutal suppression of dissent after the June 12, 2009 presidential elections. Hours before the incumbent, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, ... Read more

Witness Statement of Saeed Pourheydar

(March 5, 2013) -- In this witness statement and short video testimony, Saeed Pourheydar—an Iranian journalist now living in exile—discusses his arrest following the disputed June 2009 presidential elections in Iran and his subsequent detention at Evin prison. ... Watch video

All you need to know: A Quick Breakdown of Findings from Dr. Ahmed Shaheed’s Latest Report to the UN Human Rights Council (February 2013)

(March 1, 2013) -- Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, has just released his ... Read more

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