Kourosh Ziabari is an award-winning journalist from Iran and a 2022 World Press Institute fellow with the University of St. Thomas. He is studying at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In 2022, he received the Professional Excellence Award from the Foreign Press Correspondents Association.
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In a stultifying climate of fear, as the state jockeys to stamp out every hint of heterogeneity in the press corps, a chorus of young, educated and smart reporters has kept the flames of ethical journalism alive, defying the myth that Iran’s news industry has gone extinct.
If there was a genuine national consensus at the dawn of Iran's 1979 revolution that resistance to Israel’s policies was a moral and human responsibility, that commitment has since been shredded, thanks to the excesses of the Islamic Republic. From the perspective of the younger generations, Palestine is merely a playground where the leadership maneuvers to beef up its clout in the Muslim world.
Financing troll armies, pseudo-intellectuals, pundits and commentators whose day jobs boil down to waging wars on X is now the forte of a government that has officially banned the site.
When it comes to the compulsory hijab, there is also a political element at play: The Iranian government perceives the hijab battlefield as a catalyst of its dominance over the restive masses, a propeller of its perpetuity and a red line it doesn’t wish to see crossed so that it’s not required to make new concessions on civil liberties.
Iran’s U.S.-educated former top diplomat has claimed that Donald Trump was eyeing a fresh agreement with Iran after walking away from the original nuclear deal and offered to meet Zarif at least twice, but Zarif was not allowed to.