Iran : update1

On 20 June 2009, as the footage showing the dying moments of Neda Agha Soltan sent shockwaves around the world, it became clear that there was about to be another bloody crackdown in Iran. Inevitably, writers and journalists were once again in the front line. Just the day before Soltan’s death at the hands of a Basij militiaman, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had blamed foreign media for social unrest, calling it “evil” and accusing it of misleading and agitating the Iranian people.  According to Iranian news reports, an official then claimed that the BBC had shot Soltan in order to cause further unrest against the government.

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