Iran's Foreign Ministry says the
Voice of America and the British Broadcasting Corporation are responsible for
the post-election unrest in Iran.
Iran's Press TV quotes Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi as saying that any communication Iranians have with these news organizations runs counter to Iranian sovereignty and is considered "an act of enmity towards the Iranian nation."
In remarks Saturday, the spokesman also called VOA and the BBC "command posts engineering the ongoing post-election riots."
Neda: Killed on
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Iranian authorities have severely restricted independent media coverage of opposition protests, and witnesses to these events are reaching out online and by telephone to report what they see on the streets.
They are relying on social media Web sites, such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to tell the world about demonstrations and crackdowns in their cities and news agencies find themselves relying on the information these citizens' publish.
One video broadcast on CNN Sunday, found on YouTube, appears to show a nighttime home invasion. The video is dark, but a woman can be heard screaming in Farsi, "they are coming from the balcony!" and shouting "get out!"
One look at Twitter postings on the theme of "Tehran" shows that many people who are posting have tinted their profile pictures green, the color of the opposition.
And Facebook has announced it is making its Web site available in Persian, so Iranians can use the service in their native language.
Google also introduced a new Persian translating tool.
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