The protests sweeping across Iran are different than those in previous years. Gas prices are up nearly 300%, 83 Million Iranian Citizens are banned from accessing the internet and the streets are blocked with waves of protests.
The current protests were sparked by a government announcement to impose drastic hikes in fuel prices, however the focus of the protests quickly turned to demands for the overthrow of the Islamic regime itself; mainly: Ayatollah Khamenei.
Hundreds of thousands of protestors have united in chanting “death to the dictator,” as they stream through the streets of Tehran, Mashad, Qum, Isfahan, Tabriz and Shiraz.
Accuracy when reporting on these protests is extremely important due to the fact that the protestors are depending on our coverage to get their message and demands across. The following are ten individuals accurately covering the Iran Protests on their websites and or social media accounts:
1- His Highness Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran
Reza Pahlavi was born in Tehran, Iran on October 31, 1960 as the heir to the late Mohammad Reza Shah of Iran and Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran. He was officially named Crown Prince in 1967 at the time of his father’s coronation. In 1978, at the age of 17, he left Iran for jet fighter training in the United States Air Force at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas. During this same period, the building unrest in Iran led to the royal family’s departure in January 1979. And, during the instability that followed, the Government of Iran was taken over by Islamists. The Islamists established a theocratic regime, preventing Reza Pahlavi’s return to his homeland.
Source: Official Facebook Profile
2- Mark Dubowitz, CEO of Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD)
Mark Dubowitz is the chief executive of FDD, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy institute. He is an expert on Iran’s nuclear program and global threat network, and is widely recognized as one of the key influencers in shaping sanctions policies to counter the threats from the regime in Iran.
In 2019, Iran sanctioned Mark and FDD, calling them “the designing and executing arm of the U.S. administration” on Iran policy. These threats led to bipartisan condemnation, including from Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton administration officials.
According to The New York Times, “Mark Dubowitz’s campaign to draw attention to what he saw as the flaws in the Iran nuclear deal has taken its place among the most consequential ever undertaken by a Washington think tank leader.”
Source: Official FDD Profile
3- Ahmed Batebi
Ahmad Batebi is a prominent Iranian journalist, activist, photographer, filmmaker and senior policy advisor who was designated a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. During his studies at the University of Tehran he gained international fame for his appearance on the July 17, 1999, cover of The Economist magazine, holding up a shirt splattered with the blood of a fellow protester.
4- Salman Sima
Salman Sima is a prominent Canadian-Iranian economist, former detainee in Iran, freedom activist and media commentator.
5- Ardeshir Zarezadeh
Ardeshir is a former detainee in Iran, a Legal Professional, Immigration Counsel, Writer, Researcher, Human rights activist, and Executive Director of The International Center for Human Rights – ICHR.
6- Maryam Shariatmadari
Shariatmadari is a 32-year-old computer science student. She was arrested on February 25, 2018 after being injured when pushed by a policeman off a utility platform where she was waving her headscarf in protest against forced hijab. Maryam is a powerful voice on both social media and news networks.
Source: Iran Human Rights
Her coverage of the Iranian Protests can be followed on Twitter.
7- Natasha Fatah
Natasha Fatah is a Canadian journalist, Breaking News Reporter and a host for CBC News Network. She has been covering the Iran Protests by interviewing Iranian activists and experts on her CBC program.
8- Siavosh Bahman
Siavosh is a Canadian-based Human Rights activist with Human Rights in Iran. He is known for organizing and managing rallies and events that call for the establishment of democracy and total freedom in Iran.
9 – Walid Phares
Walid Phares is a Lebanese-born American scholar and former advisor to Presidential-Candidate Donald Trump. In 1986, he authored The Iranian Islamic Revolution that accurately predicted the current developments within Iran.