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'Freedom Does Not Come Easily'

Iran has severely restricted the ability of foreign media to report from Tehran, necessitating a greater reliance on the reports of citizen journalists and impassioned listeners. While every effort has been made to do so, RFE/RL cannot vouch for the accuracy or authenticity of user-generated content, which appears below in orange type.

E-mails and voicemails sent to RFE/RL's Radio Farda on June 24:

There is an article in our constitution that says the supreme leader must be righteous, wise, brave, prudent, and a good manager. But Mr. Khamenei showed in his prayer speech last Friday that he is not a righteous person; therefore, he is not eligible for such a position.


Fahimeh from Saveh [near Tehran]: The Iranian people should not give up. They should continue to fight because freedom does not come easily. Maybe they can't change the election results, but they can at least tell the world that the Iranian people do not want this regime.


Sfandiyar from Tehran: Prisoners' families have been gathering in front of the revolutionary court in Tehran to demand the release of their relatives. They are sitting on the ground and blocking the street.


Everything began with the oil revenue 30 years ago. Not only did Ayatollah Khomeini break his promises, but we also lost the little freedom and wealth that we had. Now we have been imprisoned with our regrets for 30 years.