Twitter, Women, and Protest in Iran
Update: I will continually update this post as more news and blog stories are published. The newer stories will be at the top of the list.
Before you start reading this post, go to #iranelection on Twitter and watch how startlingly fast new tweets come in. At 3:30pm EST today (midnight in Iran), I was clocking over a thousand tweets every 60 seconds! Citizens around the world are using the social networking website to have their say, whether making declarations (We NEED to get pictures of the foreign thugs helping the Basiji. Show the world this outrage! --Megan in Tehran), sharing up-to-the-minute news stories and photos (MASSIVE Protest Shot taken in Iran --Morgan), sending statements of solidarity (Praying for the people of Iran. Peace! Freedom! End to bloodshed. --Margie in Philippines), or asking for support (Don't just congratulate yourselves for supporting Iranian freedom. Write your Congressman NOW --Katie in Tehran). This enormous community response has sent corporate news into a tizzy just trying to keep up.
So amid all of the chaos, where are the women? Well, I've taken a moment to gather a handful stories and blogs that give voice to the importance of this election to women in Iran (the number is abysmally low). Check it:
The government of Iran is rapidly removing stories and blogs hosted in Iran, and preventing new stories from being published by intimidating and detaining journalists and bloggers. Please leave stories and blogs in the comments that provide more insight into how the elections and aftermath are effecting women, especially ones written by Iranian women.
Photos by Faramarz, Christiane Amanpour, and Ben Curtis (AP)
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