Iran Protests: Death Toll Rises Amid Government Crackdown
Protests in Iran continued into their second week following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody.
“At least 76 protesters are confirmed to have been killed by security forces,” non-governmental organization Iran Human Rights said Monday. However, Iranian state media said only 41 had been killed, including security personnel. Hundreds have been arrested, including at least 20 journalists. Antigovernment protesters have criticized Iran’s so-called “morality police” and hijab laws, but some pro-government rallies pushed back against purported “norm-breaking” behavior. While Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi pledged to “decisively” deal with the protests, U.S. President Joe Biden praised “the brave women of Iran, who right now are demonstrating to secure their basic rights.”
The Iranian government restricted internet access, but the U.S. changed sanctions rules to allow businesses to provide internet access to the country. Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite service moved to offer uncensored access in Iran, but an Al Jazeera (Lean Left bias) analyst doubted the move’s efficacy due to the lack of Starlink terminals in the country.
Coverage was mostly balanced and widespread across the spectrum, particularly in international outlets like BBC News (Center bias) and Al Jazeera. Coverage was somewhat less common in right-rated outlets, which tend to focus more on U.S. issues.
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