Iran Election Dispute Plays Out Online
A Guide to Web Coverage

By Liz Heron Staff Writer
Monday, June 15, 2009 4:07 PM

Amid reports that the Iranian government is trying to disrupt communication services and curb traditional media outlets after Friday's disputed election, millions of people are turning to blogs and social media channels to exchange the latest news about the escalating tensions.

Supporters of pro-reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi are using the Internet to protest election results showing a win for incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, organizing demonstrations and using hacking tools to crash official government sites, according to Wired's Danger Room blog.

Many international news organizations are live-blogging the Iran story, collecting news from both mainstream and citizen sources. A guide to Iranian election coverage on the Web follows:

Photos and Video

PicFog is a real-time feed of images posted to Twitter. Enter a search term to narrow the field and follow a specific topic. Keep in mind there isn't any editing -- you get all of the images, even if they involve a level of gore or manipulation not found on traditional news sites.

Tehran 24 is a photoblog of Iran's capital city maintained by Amir Sadeghi. Recent posts have been focusing on the election and ensuing protests.

Mousavi's supporters are also posting video and photos to Flickr and YouTube.


Visit to track all things Iran-related on Twitter. To see more of the latest tweets on Iran's election, you can search Twitter for certain hashtags. At the moment, #iranelection, #mousavi and #Tehran are among the most popular topics on Twitter.

Mousavi's supporters have also been using Twitter to organize rallies, in both Farsi and English, and distribute protest images and video.

As always, you should take everything on Twitter with a grain of salt. The Atlantic's Mark Ambinder is encouraging news consumers to follow the developments on Twitter like a CIA analyst.


The group "Where is My Vote" connects Iranians living outside of the country who voted in the presidential election.

"I | Iran" is collecting a mixture of news reports and photos and video from the ground.

News Web Sites and Blogs

The National Iranian American Council is live blogging events in Iran and translating Twitter and Facebook posts from Farsi into English.

Blog aggregation site Global Voices is devoting a special section to the election, translating and collecting reports in the Iranian blogosphere.

In the U.S., The Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan is devoting his blog to covering the Iranian election aftermath, as is the New York Times' The Lede blog and the Huffington Post. The BBC is also tracking the latest news, along with background information and comments from readers.

Finally, the independent Tehran Bureau, founded by Iranian-born journalist Kelly Golnoush Niknejad, is mixing on-the-ground reports with analysis written by academics and journalists.

Have you been following the events in Iran online? Let us know which web sites we missed in the comments section.

Heather Farrell and Terissa Schor contributed to this report.

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