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Latest events in Iran sure proved how much internet is important today.If there was no internet today lots of people wouldn't know what is goin' on in Iran these days.
If you search the net a little you'll find lots of informations about what government or should I say Ahmadinejad is doing in that country.
Let me qoute few things;
Iran was among 13 countries branded "enemies of the internet" last month by the human rights group, Reporters Without Borders, which cited state-sanctioned blocking of websites and the widespread intimidation and jailing of bloggers.
Now that's called "government control".Tyranny in other words.
And the answer is;
"We have asked the judiciary, who are in charge of filtering, to explain the decisions on all the sites specified but so far the only reply we have is a confirmation of the block on Wikipedia. We don't know why," said a senior technician with Datak, a service provider.
Well you make a conclusion out of this on your own.
Censorship in Iran is largely seen as a measure to maintain the stability of the country and the control of the Islamic government. Censorship helps prevent unapproved reformist, counter-revolutionary, or religious proponents, peaceful or otherwise, from organizing themselves and spreading their ideals. In 2007, for example, five women were charged with "endangering national security" and sentenced to prison for collecting over a million signatures supporting the abolishment of laws discriminating against women.
Yeah,maintaining stability.Here's one more;
Censored content often includes information that relates to women's rights, freedom of speech, democracy, pornography, certain news sources, certain religious content, and many websites.
Censored media include essentially all capable of reaching an even marginal audience, including television, print media, radio, film, museum and gallery exhibits, and the Internet. Iranians attempting to access most informational databases and search engines are met with a page reading: "The requested page is forbidden."
So much about freedom,well it's 21st century after all.
I'm quite sure that what's going on in Iran is not what is being said on the propaganda networks and in most places on the internet. You'll have to think about this one yourself and try to understand what might be going on. Personally I would not trust any major news/propaganda network, they're all owned by an elite group who manufacture the news as they see fit, even if it's the opposite of the truth ... call it the Ministry of Truth. Don't think that many places on the internet that claim to be independent are too much better, you really have to dig and think if you want to know the truth.
Tex,you are a very smart man,there's no doubt about that and what you're sayin' is true mostly and I'll tell you that I didn't know that BBC is just another piece of s... but that's because I don't really watch and read what they do,but the truth about Iran today is that lots of people there want a change and somehow somebody is trayin' so hard not to let it happen.
The thing is that in Croatia we have really professional,brave,responsible and dedicated to truth journalist who have been in Iraq for example,have contacts etc,so when they put something in the air,like on our national televison you can be sure that it's not some BBC's or whoever's bulls... it's confirmed and true information,which in this case came over the internet.
Don't you find it funny that whenever they take pictures of the "protesters" (read "covert ops"), there's always no more than 5 in a picture (a small team of covert ops), while when pictures are taken of Ahmadinejad and his supporters (which they often claim are also actually protesters, even tho Ahmadinejad is smiling and waving at them, and they're waving flags in celebration), they stretch as far as the eye can see.
I suppose they will get what they were planning all along ... to get Mousavi elected ... and then the puppet will dance as they want him to dance.
Yes, the BBC is definitely unreliable - in fact, there were protests across the UK over its biased reporting of the assaults on Palestine in December / January. However, I hardly think Alex Jones and infowars.com are more trustworthy.
You're right Alex Jones says a lot of nonsense as well, but sometimes a bit of truth leaks through ... unlike many other places. He's also extremely paranoid, and cannot think clearly most of the time.
One journalist who I would trust here is Robert Fisk of The Independent (UK)
And to describe a situation,here's what he said on Tuesday, 16 June 2009;
My driver was petrified. He has no journalistic papers. He had to be protected. So we left. As usual, the SMS system was down, the mobile phones were cut, the internet took half an hour to send a single message. No calls to London or New York or Paris...