Listening Post
Iran's media battle
How social networking came to the fore in the country's contested vote.
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2009 10:27 GMT

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 Video: Iran supreme leader in 'power struggle'
 Video: Iran's 'citizen journalists'
 Video: Iran steps up net censorship
 Video: Iranians go online to evade curbs
 Video: The struggle for power
 Video: Rival protests continue in Iran
 Video: Iranians rally in Europe

 Iran's Ayatollah under threat?
 Mousavi sees election hopes dashed
 Iran writer on poll result
 Mousavi's letter to the people
 Iran poll result 'harms US hopes'
 West concerned by Iran fraud claims
 What next for Iran?
 The Iranian political system
 Riz Khan: Iran's disputed election
 Inside Story: Iran election recount
 Inside Story: Iran's political future

 Your media: submit your clips of the protests to Al Jazeera 

The question about media coverage of the Iranian elections was whether or not it would be televised.

The 2009 Iranian elections might change that and in future the main issue would be whether the revolution is covered on YouTube or Twitter.

Online social networking was a big factor throughout the Iranian electoral process.

The oppostion used it in turn to organise their campaign, then to get out the vote  and eventually to plan the enormous protests that followed the counting of the votes.

Such strategies were just one aspect of the huge media story that was central to the drama that the world watched, on television and online, after the Iranian election. 

The Listening Post looks at the vote in Iran and how both sides have used all forms of media - old and new - in the struggle for political power in Tehran.

Pay per view

Meenakshi Ravi reports on the moves being taken to generate revenue from online content. 

Rupert Murdoch the head of NewsCorp and owner of newspapers around the world recently suggested that access to his newspapers online might not be free in the future.

The Wall Street Journal, one of Murdoch's newspapers, already charges for content and there are reports that other titles such as the UK's Sunday Times will go the same way.

The web is a primary reason for the print industry's drops in sales and advertising revenues.

Charging for online content, which has been tried before, might be making a return but it remains to be seen whether consumers used to news for free will be prepared to stump the fees. 

Finally, there is a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design in the southern US named Bang-yao Liu – who turned post it notes, procrastination and deadlines into a theme for a project.

The animation technique is known as stop-motion – the result is a laborious and kaleidoscopic work of art, and it is our web video of the week.

This episode of The Listening Post will air from Friday, June 19, 2009 at the folling times in GMT: Friday 1230; Saturday 1030 and 2230; Monday 0030; Tuesday 0630 and 1630; Wednesday 0130; Thursday 2330

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