Treating Coronavirus as a National Security Issue, Iran Media Crack Down Intensifies
Social media activists from Tehran and other cities have been arrested or given official "guidance" and "warnings" for writing about the coronavirus crisis in recent days. They face reprimands, arrest, and lawsuits over articles contradicting the IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting) news and official news agencies.
Iranian Director Wins Top Award for Film on Ethical Choice Under Dictatorship
Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, who is barred from leaving his country and forced to make his films clandestinely, has been given one of the top awards in the world of films, being honored with the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear for his film There Is No Evil. This accolade and the awards Rasolouf won for his last film, A Man With Integrity (2017), mean he is now easily one of the most decorated filmmakers in Iranian history. Both films were made in secret.