Iran's Pre-Election Media

Friday, June 07, 2013


Next week, Iran is holding its first presidential election since the one in 2009 that sparked the protests in the street known as the Green Revolution. The Iranian government is hoping to avoid a repeat of what it saw in 2009, in part by restricting the free flow of information in the country. Bob speaks to Golnaz Esfandiari, a senior correspondent for Radio Free Europe and editor of the Persian Letters blog, about what the Iranian media landscape is looking like in the run up to the election.


Golnaz Esfandiari

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Bob Garfield

Comments [3]

Hengameh from USA

Great interview. I wish Bob would have asked more about the contact Khamenei posts on social media.

Jun. 10 2013 10:30 AM
REZA Bamdad from NYC

Are you kidding me? I had more respect for Bob and Brooke. No truth or backing up the facts stated by your guest. What was the purpose of this segment? If you wanted to say something about the Iranian election, then you should discuss each candidate (I am sure your guest would say something), but the people from that part of the world know, how your guest got her job and how possibly some of her relatives make money from Iran???!!!The irony of this is that I know of your show would not investigate those issues!!!Possible disclaimer by your guest…pertaining to any of her relatives are doing business in Iran.!!!

Jun. 09 2013 02:44 PM

Bob Garfied stated a claim that Iran's leader Khamenei had called social media a "Zionist tool".

Sort of makes him look silly, because he's been active on social media since last year.

There is zero basis for Garfield's statement. No evidence at all that Khamenei has ever referred to social media as a Zonist tool.

Evidently Garfield has slightly garbled a statement he may have encountered on an ADL blog that Khamenei called Facebook a "Zionist tool". (

As far as I can see, the author of the ADL blog just made that up.

And you just pass it along. After all, it does help put Khamenei and by extension Iran in a bad light, making him appear to be a silly hypocrite. And that's part of your job description. Right?

Jun. 08 2013 11:42 PM

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