"Iranian authorities must allow foreign journalist to cover
these opposition rallies," said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program
Mousavi has called on his supporters to stage a peaceful rally or gather in mosques on Thursday, according to news reports. Following the official announcement that President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad had won re-election in the Friday vote, demonstrations in support of Mousavi have been organized in several cities. Protesters have claimed fraud and have called on authorities to void the results.
Iranian authorities have attempted to suppress the flow of information by blocking social networking and reformist Web sites and banning foreign journalists from reporting from the streets, CPJ research shows. They have also imposed bandwidth restrictions, effectively making it difficult to upload materials such as pictures or videos of the protests, according to National Public Radio and The Wall Street Journal.
In a written communication on Tuesday, the Ministry of
Culture and Islamic Guidance ordered foreign journalists not to leave their
offices to cover any "news events that have not been announced" by the
ministry. International news organizations reported
that their employees were not permitted to leave their offices in
The New York Times reported today that Iranian authorities rejected requests by foreign journalists to have their one-week visas extended. Visa expiration has already forced many reporters to leave the country, NPR reported.
Social and news Web sites such as YouTube, Twitter,
DailyMotion, and Facebook as well as several Web sites affiliated with the three
opposition candidates have been blocked in
Mobile phone service was shut down for one day on Saturday, but SMS, or short message service, has been interrupted since early Friday, according to OpenNet Initiative.