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article imageForeign Press Banned in Iran

By Brandon McPhail     Jun 16, 2009 in World
After a weekend of fierce protests throughout the country, culminating in a massive rally in Tehran with reports of over 100,000 pro-Mousavi voters in attendance, the Iranian government has laid new restrictions on foreign journalists.
Video and pictures of burning vehicles and beaten protesters have emerged a day after Iran’s largest rallies since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. As a result the government has put restrictions on foreign journalists. CNN reports they have been told not to report on the rallies in public, instead they must report from inside their hotel.
Government run news agencies in Iran have been given the clear to report on the rallies. The FARS News Agency, the government sponsored news agency has not yet reported on the rallies. Under their politics section the only article reporting on the election is titled Ahmadinejad Wins Iran’s Presidential Election stating:
His (Ahmadinejad) reelection is largely believed to be the result of his anti-corruption agenda, his fight for justice, his courage in the international arena and Iran's advancement in different scientific fields, including the nuclear technology, during his first term in office.
Nowhere in the article is there a report of the controversy surrounding Ahmadinejad's victory.
Reformist Presidential hopeful Mir Hossein Mousavi has asked supporters to avoid protests at Vali-ye Asr Square in Tehran where pro-Ahmadinejad supporters plan to hold a rally today. Presumably the request was made by Mousavi in attempt to avoid any further deaths or injuries.
Government television reported that seven protesters in yesterday's rally in Tehran were killed by government security forces. Rumours began to fly late last night that a massacre had occurred on the campus of the University of Tehran. As foreign press has been forbidden from reporting there is no way to confirm or deny these accusations. Bloggers at the University have been reporting of deaths and armed guards shooting inside dormitories.
At this time it is unclear when and if restrictions on foreign press will be lifted.
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