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CNN, BBC, Others Cite RFE/RL Iran Election Coverage

(WASHINGTON/PRAGUE) RFE/RL and its Persian language outlet Radio Farda are being cited for their reporting on the Iranian presidential election and its aftermath by numerous news organizations, including CNN, BBC and ABC.

CNN -- Anderson Cooper 360° blog

From now on, democracy doesn’t exist anymore

June 15, 2009

Iranian officials say the June 12 presidential vote was free and fair. But reformists are crying foul and some even say a "coup" took place in Iran. RFE/RL correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari spoke to a 29-year-old journalist who works for one of Iran's moderate daily newspapers. She did not want her named to be used because of security fears....

BBC News

Post-Election Clampdown in Iran

June 15, 2009

Radio Free Europe spoke to the wife of religious activist Taghi Rahmani, who described how her husband was taken away in a car by security forces from their home on Sunday night....

ABC News -- Political Punch blog

Revolution 2009 - No. 2 in a Series
June 14, 2009
An Iranian reporter tells Radio Free Europe that "it wasn't an election; it was a coup d'etat. [They] stole 24 million votes of the nation and took them away for themselves. If there were really a winner, they would have to celebrate, but instead they beat people. They performed a coup, but they don’t call it a coup."


Iranian media shut down

June 15, 2009

With protesters burning tires and razing storefronts during the weekend, Iranian authorities shut down cellular service and blocked international correspondents from filing their reports, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports. RFE/RL reports staffers from al-Arabiya claimed Iranian officials had ordered them to take a week's vacation while its Web site was replaced with reports from state media outlets.

The Atlantic -- Andrew Sullivan

From The Regions

June 15, 2009

Radio Free Europe is reporting the following as night falls in Iran:

* In NW Iran: Tabriz: Protest took place today. Protestors beaten and chased by Basij

* In NE Iran: Mashad: Protest took place today. Protestors (mostly students) beaten and chased by Basij

* In SW Iran: Ahvaz: During today's protest the women started chanting anti-Ahmadinejad slogans- the Basij went after the women and then the crowd attacked the Basij. Conflicts continue.

Talking Points Memo

Past Master

June 15, 2009

Vaclav Havel expresses solidarity with Iranian demonstrators.

[RFE/RL's Golnaz Esfandiari conducted an exclusive interview with Mr. Havel on June 15.]

Huffington Post

Iranian Election Live-blog

June 13-14, 2009

3:33 PM ET -- More anecdotal evidence of fraud. Radio Free Europe notes abnormal election returns and also some suspicious movements at the Interior Ministry...

CNN -- Anderson Cooper 360° blog

Why I'll Vote This Time

By Golnaz Esfandiari

June 11, 2009

On Friday, I will vote for the first time in my life. I will cast my ballot at the Iranian Embassy in Prague, where I live and work as a journalist at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. I wish I could go back to Iran to vote, but I won't risk being detained or harassed as many of my colleagues have been for the "crime" of disseminating information that Iranians cannot get from the country's strictly controlled media... [Also on RFE/RL's website]

The Weekly Standard

The Radicalization of an Already Radical Iranian Regime?

June 13, 2009

Abbas Djavadi, with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague, has been on the phone all night with people in Iran. He e-mails...

Hot Air

The Iranian Elections and the Loser-In-Chief

June 13.2009

[Obama]...hasn't actually been getting anywhere with the Iranian Mullahocracy at all, and that the election has instead, as Radio Free Europe reporter Abbas Djavadi put it, "formalized the exclusion of still moderate clerics, founding fathers and technocrats of the Islamic Republic, and consolidated the rule of a new elite led by Revolutionary Guards, intelligence offices, and radical Islamists who feel to be well-represented by the Ahmadinejad leadership of the last four years"...