There are continuing tough times for journalists in Iran:
Reporters Without Borders protested at the arrest and beating of at least four journalists by security forces on 12 June 2006, while covering a demonstration in Teheran of more than 5,000 women.
Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee and two women journalists, Jila Baniyaghoob, Taraneh Baniyaghoob, of the daily Sarmayeh, have been imprisoned at an unknown location.
“We condemn the level of repression against journalists,” the press freedom organisation said. “Twelve journalists have been arrested in less than a month and are still being held in custody.”
Iran’s human rights record may be woeful, but the world’s only superpower has its own (largely self-created) problems. With any luck, the perception and power of the US will continue to deteriorate. Only then will it be possible to bring about radical change in the economic, social and political realm across the developing world.