In the days leading up to the anniversary, Iranian authorities have taken measures designed to control the flow of information in and out of the country, CPJ research has found. This comes on the heels of announcements by the government and opposition leaders that their supporters would take to the streets in large numbers.
On Wednesday, Iranian authorities announced that they will suspend Google’s e-mail services inside the country and would be introducing a national e-mail service in the near future, according to international news reports. On Sunday, an Iranian official also announced that connectivity to the Internet would be slow for about a week, citing technical problems, according to Agence France-Presse. A slow connection prohibits journalists from easily uploading photos or videos.
The same official also noted that text messaging for mobile phones had been disabled, according to local and international news reports. Opposition activists and local journalists have relied heavily in the past on text messages and Internet connectivity to coordinate their plans and to relay breaking news. The government has previously responded by disrupting Internet connectivity and disabling text messaging for days on end.
In the past week,
“We condemn yet another attempt by the
government to censor news and information from
In an effort to offset what it has termed
“counterrevolutionary” forces among protesters and journalists covering the
unrest, the government has invited some 400 international journalists to cover
pro-government commemorations of the Islamic Revolution, according to the Christian
Science Monitor and local Iranian news outlets. The last time the
government invited large numbers of foreign journalists to report from
“Unfortunately, when those journalists reported the news as
they saw it unfold,