Thursday, June 18, 2009

The World Watches Iran

Above: a cartoon of mine from Reader's Digest, from the beginning of the war.

YouTube, which will routinely take down videos of violence that have been uploaded to its site, has relented when it comes to showing images of conflict in Iran. From a YouTube statement reprinted in today's NY Times:
“However, we make exceptions for videos that have educational, documentary, or scientific value. The limitations being placed on mainstream media reporting from within Iran make it even more important that citizens in Iran be able to use YouTube to capture their experiences for the world to see.”
This is an intense, fascinating time that is being covered by other sites, other blogs -- in insightful ways. But I wanted to mention it for a moment here. I agree with Christiane Amanpour:
"'You can’t keep any of this news down anymore, and that’s a huge change from the past,' she said in an interview. 'The process of getting the word out is totally democratized.'"
We are all Christiane Amanpour.

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