Reuters reported that the Iranian election, which was held last month, led to the most extensive demonstrations in Iran since the Islamic revolution in 1979. The defeated candidate, Mirhossein Mousavi, claims the election was rigged.
Since the fallout over the election, CNN reported that authorities said more than 1,000 people have been arrested. However, human rights activists claim that 2,000 people may still be detained.
Most recently, CNN reported that Iran’s judicial chief Ayatollah Seyyed Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi, in an attempt to limit the dissemination of information, has ordered the prosecution of those “who cooperate with satellite television programming providers.
“The individuals, who in any way collaborate with these networks or are entrenched in the nucleus of organizations which are active through Internet sites, must be adequately and properly subject to legal actions. It is imperative that this phenomenon be seriously dealt with, by all judicial authorities of the country as well as by provincial judicial authorities.”
It is unclear and unknown if the threat refers to international networks, reporters and freelancers, reported CNN, because international journalists’ ability to gather news has been restricted.
The Associated Press reported that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, “Some leaders of Western countries at the level of president, prime minister and foreign minister openly intervened in Iran’s internal affairs that had nothing to do with them. Then, they said they don’t intervene in Iran’s internal affairs.”