Tawhidi: Ten Experts Accurately Covering the Iran Protests on Social Media

Protesters gather around a fire during a demonstration against an increase in gasoline prices in the capital Tehran on Saturday. (AFP via Getty Images)

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

His coverage of the Iranian Protests can be followed on his website, Twitter and Facebook profiles.

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 

His coverage of the Iranian Protests can be followed on Twitter and Facebook profiles.

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.

Source: Wikipedia

His coverage of the Iranian Protests can be followed on Twitter and Facebook profiles.

4- Salman Sima

Salman Sima is a prominent Canadian-Iranian economist, former detainee in Iran, freedom activist and media commentator.

His coverage of the Iranian Protests can be followed on Twitter and Facebook profiles.

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.

His coverage of the Iranian Protests can be followed on TwitterFacebook and the official website of the International Center for Human Rights.

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.

Her coverage of the Iranian Protests can be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

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.

His coverage of the Iranian Protests can be followed on Twitter and the official website of Human Rights 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.

His coverage of the Iranian Protests can be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

10- Your Favorite Imam

Imam Tawhidi

Alongside my writings regarding the Iranian Regime and Ayatollahs in my book, The Tragedy of Islam, you are able to follow my coverage of the Iranian protests on Twitter and or Facebook.

About the Author
Imam Mohammad Tawhidi is a third-generation Iranian-born Australian Muslim imam and a publicly ordained Islamic authority who comes from a prominent Islamic lineage. His ancestors were the companions of Prophet Mohammad and played a significant role in the early Islamic conquests. He was born in the Holy City of Qum, Iran, into a spiritual family with a history of decades in the Islamic Seminary, and had memorised half of the Quran by the age of nine. Imam Tawhidi ended his relationship with the Iranian regime and continued his studies in the Holy Cities in Iraq. In 2014, ISIS conquered large parts of Iraq’s territory and murdered members of Tawhidi’s family. In 2015, Imam Tawhidi began to gradually call for reform within Muslim societies. His views have been broadcast on international media and have been met with both criticism and praise. He is seen as one of the main leading voices in the global movement of Islamic reform who has dedicated his life to ideologically tackling the spread of Islamic Extremism. Celebrated as the Imam of Peace, Tawhidi’s international activism against Islamic extremism has earned him a nomination for the 2019 Australian of the Year Awards.