Our Observer in Tehran lifts the lid on Web censorship

Iranian Internet has slowed down massively over the last ten days, and is down to 5kb/s. More and more websites and social networking sites (Facebook, etc) are filtered. One of our Observers, Sara M. (pseudo), a student in Tehran, managed to send us a short video in which she shows how state censorship works on the Web and on text-messaging services. Watch the video...

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Media blooper of the year: Bolivian channel uses images from TV drama "Lost" in coverage of Air France crash

A mighty blow for Bolivian television network PAT. Last Thursday, they aired "exclusive" photos supposedly taken by a passenger of Air France flight 447 at the moment the plane crashed. In fact, the mid-air plane dismemberment photos were taken from the television series "Lost." Read more and see the videos...

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Shishou residents up in arms over suspicious death

Authorities say he jumped from the third floor. Local residents say he was murdered. The death of a cook from central China's Shishou town caused an outburst of violence in the streets on Saturday, resulting in a harsh response from the riot police. And just in time to get past the censors, Web users have managed to pass on these images of events. Read more and see the photos...

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The videos that shame Israel

This humiliating video belongs to a collection of clips that officers from the Israeli Border Police have posted on YouTube. Shocking evidence of abuse at the hands of the security forces, the clips date back a year, and despite being posted on YouTube, had not until now raised any eyebrows. Read more and see the video... 

Tehran: “I’m too scared to leave the house”

The day after Ayatollah Ali Khameni's speech in Tehran, thousands of demonstrators poured onto the streets, despite being told not to. The response from the authorities was severe. One of our Observers there gives his account of what was possibly the most violent day since the start of the protests. Read more...

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Gigantic Three Gorges Dam viewed from space

These high quality images of China's Three Gorges Dam were captured by the International Space Station in April. It took 15 years to build the world's biggest and most powerful hydroelectric dam, and despite concerns over its human and environmental impact, it finally came into use last autumn. Read more...

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Iranians react to Khamenei's speech: “People here obey the rules”

In his first public address since the demonstrations began, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that the government will not surrender to the protesters. Two of our Observers, one a supporter and the other a critic of Ahmadinejad, give their opinions on the speech. Read more...

Time Out upsets both Muslim and LGBT communities

A cover from Israel's Time Out magazine, showcased at last week's Gay Pride parade, has caused quite a scandal. The image is a photograph, taken from behind, of Muslims kneeling to pray, along with the title "You see here a threat, we see here an opportunity" (we decided not to publish it, you can see it here). Have they gone a step too far? Read more...

Bush in Japan: slow, stupid and dressed in a floral suit

An ad campaign for a tea-based drink that pokes fun of former US President George Bush, has been on the Japanese airwaves for over a month. Read more and see the clips...

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Mobile phones against censors

Here's one of the pictures we received direct from Thursday's demonstrations in Tehran. While the media is banned from reporting events in Iran, the protestors continue to defy the information clampdown by flooding the web with amateur photos and videos.

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