Iranian media crackdown prompts Tweets and blogs(Read article summary)
Government tries to cut flow of information, but citizen journalists find ways to fill the gap. One blogger claims: 'Tiananmen + Twitter = Tehran'.
• A daily summary of global reports on security issues.
As protests against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's declared electoral victory continue in cities across Iran and the Iranian government cracks down on media coverage, Iranians are using Twitter and blogs to spread information about events on the gorund there.
Over the weekend, following the Iranian government's announcement of Mr. Ahmadinejad's proclaimed landslide victory over challenger Mir Hussein Mousavi, protesters flooded the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities. The Iranian government then moved to shut down foreign reporting, according to niacINsight, the blog of the National Iranian American Council, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. The NIAC wrote at 4:35 p.m. on Sunday that "NBC and ABC have had their cameras and film confiscated. BBC has been ordered out of the country."