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Heard In Iran: Iranian Police Patrolling the Internet


Roxanna Saberi on Hunger Strike

April 27 -- Saberi's father told RFE/RL's Radio Farda after visiting his daughter in prison that she went on hunger strike to protest her conviction and eight-year prison sentence. Reza Saberi said Roxanna is only drinking sugared water and is determined to continue her strike until she's freed. "Her hands were shaking while she was standing, it was clear that she has no strength left," he said. "Psychologically she's fine, but physically she's weak because she hasn't been eating." [listen in Persian or read in English]

Reporters Without Borders Launches Solidarity Hunger Strike

April 29 -- Four officials with Reporters Without Borders (RSF) began a hunger strike on in support of Roxana Saberi. One of the strikers said, "Journalists' lives are in danger in Iran and we want to show our protest to the way they are treated, arrested, unfairly tried and used as levers against other countries." [listen in Persian]

Iranian Police Patrolling the Internet

April 29 -- Iran's police chief launched an "Internet patrol" to "fight fraud" and counter what he calls "obscene websites". A Tehran-based lawyer told Radio Farda that such measures are illegal. [listen in Persian]

Teachers Strike Against Low Wages

April 27 -- Teachers in several cities and provinces of Iran are in the midst of a three-day strike to protest low wages. Their main demand is implementation of a pay-parity bill passed by parliament in 2007. The measure, which would bring teachers' wages in line with other government workers, has not been instituted despite recent promises by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. [read in Persian or English]

New Charges Against Imprisoned Students

April 29 -- A student activist named Bahareh Hedayat told Radio Farda that the charges against jailed students from Amir Kabir University are baseless. [listen in Persian]

Ahmadinejad's Durban Speech: Election Propaganda?

April 29 -- A group of journalists and analysts in Tehran and Paris joined Radio Farda to discuss President Ahmadinejad's recent speech at the U.N. Durban Conference and how it may impact Iran's upcoming presidential elections. [read in Persian]

The American Hero of Iran's Constitutional Revolution

April 28 -- A Radio Farda Special Report examined the life of Howard Baskerville, a 24-year-old American martyr of Iran's Constitutional Revolution. It's been 100 years since Baskerville died while leading student soldiers against royalist forces in the Iranian city of Tabriz. [read in Persian]

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