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article imageUpdates from Iran on Crisis Reveal Value of Citizen Journalism

By Carol Forsloff     Jun 17, 2009 in Politics
While the world waits the outcome of the Iranian crisis, technology is bringing reports out of Iran through Twitter. One CJ has been getting regular updates and sharing them.
Direct accounting from persiankiwi from Twitter has been coming in regularly to provide updates on what is going on directly in Iran.
As previously reported (check out coverage on here), Iran has prohibited foreign news correspondents from covering the demonstrations in Iran. Many protesters have been declaring the Presidential vote of Ahmadinejad to be a fraud and took to the streets to show their anger and frustration. In some of the demonstrations, people have been killed by security officers on motorcycles wielding batons.
Regular stories on these updates can also be found on Twitter here.
The present crisis in Iran reveals the value of citizen journalism around the world. In fact as one journalist today reported the value of Twitter, with the government asking this social interactive news site to delay scheduled maintenance so the world can continue to be apprised of what has been going on in Iran.
This hearkens to the terrorist bombing in India and demonstrations following. In fact citizen journalists were the first to report on the news in Bangladore. Citizen journalists documented the crisis, as they are doing today.
The value of the Internet is reflected in the fact that citizen journalists are now able to bring stories about events traditional media cannot, as the public has been increasingly empowered by technology to report information from around the globe.
There are those in the media who maintain this recent Iranian crisis is different than any before because of the present technology. Perhaps the outcome may be changed because of this as citizen journalism continues to be on the ground reporting news as it happens.
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