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Posts Tagged ‘Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’

Iran Reportedly Censored Goodreads

gr_logo.gifAs the Iranian government celebrated the anniversary of their revolution, the social networking and book review site Goodreads recorded a steep drop in traffic from Iran–it seemed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘s government had censored the site.

After that, an Iranian Goodreads member wrote the company: “your site is recently been filtered by our horrible govrnmt. pls help us! spread it…books make no harm.” Yesterday the Iranian government celebrated the 30th anniversary of the revolution that removed the shah. In December, Goodreads counted 2,600,000 readers in its booming community–together, these readers have written about 64,000,000 books.

Here’s more from the website’s statement: “Books make no harm. In an interview last year, Goodreads Author Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, commented presciently on the Iranian phenomenon on Goodreads: ‘People constantly find ways of connecting. If [Goodreads] is banned in Iran, we need support for those people who just want to connect to the world.’”

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Marjane Satrapi Testifies about Election in Iran

satrapi.jpgIranian writer Marjane Satrapi delivered a report to the European parliament–purportedly proof that Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi won the recent election with more than 19 million votes.

Adnkronos International reports that Satrapi, the author of the celebrated Persepolis graphic novels, joined an Iranian filmmaker in presenting the document. According to their report, Iranian cleric Mehdi Karroubi earned 13.3 million votes while president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad only had 5.49 million votes.

Here’s more from the article: “However, there is no certainty about the legitimacy of the document. ‘Ahmadinejad received only 12 percent of the vote, not 65 percent,’ said Marjane Satrapi, who was the director of Oscar-nominated film Persepolis.” (Link via Joy Press, self-portrait via)