Iran Heralds Egyptian Protests . . . And Then Blocks Coverage in Iran

Iran has internationally heralded the protests in Egypt as a popular and justified uprising. However, like China, it has now blocked the BBC coverage of the protests to avoid any Iranian getting any ideas about freedom. Iran previously celebrated democratic freedom by arresting, beating, and in some cases executing protesters.

The BBC’s Persian TV service is being jammed by the Iranians. The greatest problem was that Iranians were communicating with Egyptians about their shared experiences.

Some Iranians were thinking of forcing the government’s hand by calling for protests in support of the Egyptians to get around the ban on protests in that country. The Iranian opposition has been warned not to go to the streets to support the Egyptians.

This is the 31st anniversary of the uprising by the Iranian people against the Shah. What a wonderful way to celebrate it by arresting people and blocking transmissions. The Shah would be impressed.

Source: BBC

Jonathan Turley

29 thoughts on “Iran Heralds Egyptian Protests . . . And Then Blocks Coverage in Iran

  1. I suspect Mann Coulter’s as giddy as a school girl over this:

    “CBS reporter Lara Logan brutally attacked during Egyptian protests last week”

    CBS News released information today regarding the brutal beating and sexual assault of reporter Lara Logan by a throng of Egyptian protesters last Friday. While millions of Egyptians celebrated the end of the Mubarak regime, a violent mob engulfed Logan, and it took dozens of people to rescue her. Egyptian authorities apprehended the CBS reporter earlier this month amid a government clampdown on foreign reporters.

    Per CBS:

    In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers.

    Logan returned to the U.S. the next morning, and CBS says it will release no further information on the incident at the request of Logan and her family.

    http://www.salon.com/news/egyptian_protests/index.html?story=/news/feature/2011/02/15/cbs_lara_logan_assaulted_beaten_egypt

  2. rafflaw:

    Disgusting, isn’t it?

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    Woosty’s:

    You took the words right out of my mouth.

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