Listening Post
Media control in Iran
We look at Internet and new media controls put in place in Iran
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2009 17:45 GMT

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On The Listening Post this week, we take a look at the Internet and new media controls put in place in Iran, and from Northern Ireland, the case of journalist Suzanne Breen's fight not to disclose her sources .

In depth

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The aftermath of the Iranian election is more than just a news story; it is a groundbreaking, multimedia and multiplatform news event.

The Iranian authorities are fighting not just a conventional information war – telling their side of the story through state run news organizations and quarrelling with the narrative on international media outlets.

There is also the unconventional side – Iranians are using new media to tell the story from the street. Many are at risk – confronted with security forces patrolling the protests – and then there is the invisible surveillance factor – how secure, for instance, are the mobile phones protestors are using, and can the authorities track them that way.

Revealing the source

In part two The Listening Post's Salah Khadr on the fight of a journalist to keep her sources confidential. Authorities in Northern Ireland tried to force Suzanne Breen to hand over information relating to a paramilitary group called the Real Irish Republican Army.

Earlier this year, the Real IRA claimed responsibility for an attack in Northern Ireland that left two British soldiers dead. The journalist refused to reveal her sources, saying that her life would be in danger if she gave police that information. The core issue here: when does the state have the right to force a journalist to hand over details about their sources?

In this week's Newsbytes: New York Times journalist David Rohde escapes captivity in Afghanistan; two Iranian journalists have been sentenced to two months in an Israeli prison for violating censorship laws; Google's Persian translation service falls short of the mark; Obama gives an interview to Pakistani media; Bolivian news channel PAT falls for a 'Lost' hoax.

And finally, he is one of the most TV friendly leaders in history with a press team that is second to none at wooing the world's media.
But are President Obama's image-makers guilty of raising our expectations just a little too high? Those clever people at Jib Jab, who wrote the book on online political animations, seem to think so, and have come up with their own version of the presidential super hero. It is our Internet video of the week.

This episode of The Listening Post aired 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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