This is really no surprise. Dictatorships rarely like to have people running around covering views or individuals opposing the government.
By NAZILA FATHI
Published: October 12, 2009
TORONTO — For two months Ehsan Maleki traveled around Iran with a backpack containing his cameras, a few pieces of clothing and his laptop computer, taking pictures of the reformist candidate Mir Hussein Moussavi during the presidential campaign. He did not know that his backpack and his cameras would soon become his only possessions, or that he would be forced to crawl out of the country hiding in a herd of sheep.
For once I agree with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he told the official FARS news agency that the media are “worse than nuclear weapons” in the hands of Western countries.
Where I diverge from this view is that free media are dangerous to any dictator no matter where. Why do you think the defacto government in Honduras and the rulers in China are so afraid of free and independent journalism?