Solmaz Sharif/CPJ Guest Blogger

Solmaz Sharif has worked for more than 13 years as a journalist in the Middle East and has published articles in Persian, Turkish and American media. She is founder of the first Iranian women’s sports magazine, Shirzanan, and works for Her work can be found at

Hassan Rouhani leaves a conference in Tehran on June 29. Iran's president-elect called his win in national elections this month a vote for change. (AP/Office of the President-elect)

Rouhani can take steps to improve Iran press freedom

After eight hellish years for Iran’s journalists under outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the election of Hassan Rouhani was welcomed with hope for a better future. As soon as he takes office in August, he should act on his view and take steps to protect journalists in Iran.

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