Ann Coulter may have finally found a country with that perfect mix of robust conservative values and restrictions on the free press . Only days after Ann Coulter was met with thunderous applause at CPAC after proclaiming “I think there should be more jailed journalists,” Iranian officials have announced the creation of a new court for media crimes. It is not clear whether the Iranians will name the new tribunals “Coulter courts” but they should be a real crowd pleaser for those who wildly applauded at CPAC.
In the video below, when an audience member asked Coulter about the problem of “jailed journalists” around the world, Coulter responded by saying that she did not view that as a problem and wanted to see more jailed journalists. The only statement that seemed to thrill the crowd as much was the pledge of Newt Gingrich to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency.
It appears that stoning people under Sharia law is not sufficient. Abbas Zagholi, the head of Iran’s Government Employees Court, said the new judicial branch “was necessitated by the special media crimes . . . For certain reasons, such as great developments in mass media, the Tehran prosecutor felt the need to create a more independent court to deal with media affairs.”
Iran has become a paradise for Coulter with at least 34 journalists detained at the end of last year in Iran. They are now tied with that other Coulteresque society: China. According to the article below, those jailed reporters include Mohammad Davari, editor of the news website Saham News, who was arrested after reporting on the rape and torture of detainees at Kahrizak Detention Center.
Many American conservatives have argued that American journalists should have been criminally charged for revealing the torture of detainees by the Bush Administration and the use of secret prisons. This was the subject of a hearing at the House Intelligence Committee where I testified for media protections, here.