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AFP: US Senators Vow Help for Iran Dissidents

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) AFP reports that three US Senators are introducing legislation to fight the Iranian government's interference with RFE/RL's Persian-language service, Radio Farda, and VOA's Persian News Network.


McCain said the legislation aimed to boost funding to Radio Farda, a part of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, to help the Farsi-language outlet battle Iranian jamming, and to make cellular telephone crackdowns more difficult.

"The fact is that the Iranian government is now illegitimate," he charged.

Other goals include boosting Voice of America broadcasts in Farsi and helping Iranians preserve access to social networking Internet sites like Twitter and Facebook and the video-sharing site YouTube, which protestors used to organize and disseminate images of the government's crackdown, said McCain.

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