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ADVISORY: RFE/RL Experts Available on Deadly Protests in Iran


Scene from a protest in Shiraz, Iran, 17 November 2019

The death toll continues to rise in Iran four days after a sharp hike in fuel prices sparked massive anti-government protests that have expanded to dozens of towns and cities across the country and prompted the government to shut down the Internet. The Iranian government’s deadly reaction to the protests has been denounced by the UN, the United States, and Germany.

The information blackout, affecting all media outlets, has reduced Iran’s connectivity with the outside world to 4% of normal levels, according to the global monitoring source NetBlocks.org.

RFE/RL’s Radio Farda has remained a vital source of news for Iranian audiences despite the blackout. It has significantly increased radio and TV news broadcasting since Friday, November 15, and continues to receive some online reporting from inside the country in spite of threats and intimidation from Iran’s Judiciary; additionally, a denial-of-service attack launched against Radio Farda’s telephone voicemail recorder for user comments is a transparent effort to prevent legitimate calls/comments from getting through to Radio Farda’s journalists. Since Friday, its Instagram page has gained more than 32,000 followers, five times the average weekly increase for the account.

RFE/RL and Radio Farda journalists are available for comment on the continuing protests in Iran:

  • Omid Nikfarjam, Radio Farda Correspondent (English, Persian)
    nikfarjamo@rferl.org -- ph: +420.221.122.638

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