Earlier this week About.com profiled the woman behind Tehran Bureau, a web site that garnered attention for its coverage of the 2009 protests in Iran. Founder Kelly Golnoush Niknejad noted the value of broadband access and speed (something I discussed on Monday) as important tools for the coverage in Iran.
“But the government has done a very effective job of squelching the press,” she adds. “They’ve cracked down on the protesters, executed people, rounded up journalists. There are far fewer opportunities to document what’s happening. And the Internet speed in Iran has been reduced greatly so you can’t upload videos or pictures.”