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The godfather of Iranian hip-hop wants grassroots change

The godfather of Iranian hip-hop wants grassroots change

Being a hip-hop artist in a country where the genre is banned comes with many challenges Iranian rapper Hichkas explains. Mari Shibata reports

Iran: Rouhani’s insistence on faster internet has staying power

Iran: Rouhani’s insistence on faster internet has staying power

While previous moves toward more openness in Iran have faltered, President Rouhani's call for faster connection speeds for internet users has carved out common ground with the country's supreme leader. Azadeh Moaveni writes

Group of death: The worst World Cup countries for free expression

Group of death: The worst World Cup countries for free expression

Index has looked at the countries taking part in arguably the biggest show on earth, and put together our own group of death -- the freedom of expression edition

Iran: Rouhani’s mixed messages on artistic freedom

Iran: Rouhani’s mixed messages on artistic freedom

The Iranian cultural sector hoped conditions would take a turn for the better when the more moderate Rouhani took over from hardliner Ahmadinejad. The reality is more complicated, writes Raha Zahedpour

Iran’s online conservatives skirt social media restrictions

Iran’s online conservatives skirt social media restrictions

A new report by Small Media sheds light on the Arzeshi, a hardline, conservative faction of online activists, devoted to the principles of the 1979 revolution and the supreme leader. Milana Knezevic reports

Iran: Friends with (social media) benefits?

During the World Economic Forum currently taking place in Davos, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani dropped some major news -- he doesn't write his own social media messages.

Being a gay poet in Iran: ‘Writing on the edge of crisis’

Being a gay poet in Iran: ‘Writing on the edge of crisis’

Iran’s government has been increasing pressure on writers and artists over the past few years, but its heavy hand does not strike evenly.

Hassan Rouhani raises Iranian hopes for free expression

Hassan Rouhani raises Iranian hopes for free expression

During his inauguration address, Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani promised peace and a push towards a more open dialogue with the West. Although it is far too soon to gauge whether his promises will transform into policies as he pushes against Iran’s convoluted theocracy. Small Media reports

Iran: media crackdown continues

Bahman Totonchi, a journalist for the former Kurdish weekly Karfto, was arrested on 18 November following a house search by intelligence agents. The authorities had been harassing the journalist since the closure of Karfto on 29 December last year, when the weekly’s licence was withdrawn for good on the grounds

Iran bans celebrity magazines

Iran’s culture ministry yesterday closed down nine lifestyle magazines, claiming they used ‘photos of artists, especially foreign corrupt film stars, as instruments to arouse desire’.

An open letter to the Iranian Ambassador

An open letter to the Iranian Ambassador

His Excellency Mr Rasoul Movahedian Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran 16 Prince’s Gate London SW7 1PT Fax: 020 7589 4440 19 June 2007 Your Excellency, ARTICLE 19, English PEN and Index on Censorship call for the immediate release of three US-Iranian citizens, charged by the Iranian authorities with