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New Media - New Voice in Iran

June 21, 2009 - - Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders)  released the name of 23 people (Iranian journalists, editors and bloggers) arrested since June 14th. Picking up the story, The Associated Press confirmed journalists, editors and bloggers were “priority targets” and 23 have been arrested in Iran since election results were announced, and imposed a media blackout on social unrest and protest regarding election results.

The travel visas for most Western and European Reporters expired and have were excorted out of the country. The few reporters remaining will leave on Monday and have been forbid from reporting on the protests and subsequent government crack- down on demonstrators.  Although individual submissions of news or images are hard to verify as authentic, CNN has depended heavily on these “iReports” to gauge what has transpired in Iran.  Disturbing reports and images from Iran have included beatings and death to demonstrators.

Since last week, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other forms of social networks have been a major source of information for news mediums to remain current on events within the borders of Iran. Cell-phone videos and photographs continue to be posted on the social sites despite the Iran government’s attempt to thwart cell and internet access. The people of Iran have found a new voice since the election and have used their cell phone images and shouted on roof-tops to have it heard.

"The regime has been visibly shaken by its own population and does not want to let this perception endure," RSF said in a prepared statement for AP.

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