Iran | Institute for War and Peace Reporting



IWPR's Iran Program seeks to empower Iranian civil society through media, network-building, and advocacy. The Mianeh School of Journalism and the Zannegaar Journal for Women's Studies develop Iranians' abilities, improve free access to information, and build networks among civic actors. The programme arises out of the needs of the stakeholders, and is founded on a belief that sharing knowledge and best practices in citizen journalism will raise the capacity of Iranian civil society, thus contributing to laying the foundations for future democracy in Iran.

Mianeh School of Journalism -

The Mianeh School of Journalism seeks to build the skills of Iranian journalists working in a range of fields.

The journalist's trade is fast evolving as technology advances and becomes more accessible. Mianeh embraces technical evolution through its web-based structure, and will provide training in both traditional reporting and new media for up-and-coming journalists.

Consisting of a carefully designed series of theoretical and practical courses, the training programme is tailored to fit the needs of Iranian journalists. As they progress, students acquire the information and skills they will need to work as professional journalists. The courses are designed and taught by a team of journalists who are active in their respective fields.

All students complete a final multimedia project, enabling them to put the theoretical framework they have acquired into practice, with mentorship from the instructors.

Zannegaar - Women's Studies Journal -

Zannegaar is a thematic monthly online journal on women's and gender studies which serves as a platform for the community of Iranian feminist academics and advocates.

Little feminist literature written in Persian has been available to Iranians. The Zannegaar journal blazes a trail by identifying and translating the latest research coming out of the international community of feminist scholars.

For copyright reasons, Zannegaar cannot carry English versions of its content. Instead, the English-language page has a brief introduction to each of the issues covered, plus citations of original articles.

Mohammad Ali Kadivar
17 Aug 11
With no space for political protest, young people challenge theocratic regime with playful “happenings”.
An Iranian soldier on manoeuvre on the Pakistani border in 2009. The frontier is vulnerable to infiltration by drug smugglers and militants. (Photo: Javad Moghimi/Fars News Agency)
Ebrahim Gilani
23 May 11
Shia regime was no friend of Sunni extremist chief, and was careful not to make itself target for al-Qaeda attacks.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei presents his scarf to an elated standholder at the Tehran book fair. His discussions with writers and publishers here often reveal his views on cultural issues. (Photo: Fars News Agency/Supreme Leader's website)
Various Photographers
16 May 11
Event offers rare opportunity to get hold of imported material as well as new Iranian writing.
A dwelling made of reeds, home to itinerants in Khoozestan Province, southeast Iran. (Photo: Gholamreza Masoodi, Mehr News Agency)
Various Photographers
28 Apr 11
Scattered across the country, these nomadic people are slowly disappearing as they migrate to the cities.
Unveiling of the fourth home-grown car, the Dena. (Photo: Hamed Haghdoost, Fars News Agency)
Various Photographers
27 Apr 11
The country leads the Islamic world and Middle East in production of home-grown cars – seen by the authorities as a strategically-important industry.
The head chef of a Kale Pazi (a restaurant that serves lamb broth) is cutting out the lamb brain to serve to his customers. (Photo: Farshid Alyan)
27 Apr 11
Many residents of the capital still prefer the traditional Iranian fare offered at the older restaurants.
Visiting the front lines where some of the most ferocious fighting took place. (Photo: Hossein Salmanzadeh, Fars News Agency)
Various Photographers
26 Apr 11
The Tehran regime attempts to keep the memories of the war with Iraq alive by taking people on trips to the old front lines.
Front row, from left: Abdollah Eraghi, deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Azizollah Rajabzadeh, former Tehran police chief (until January 2010), and Mohammad Reza Naghdi, Basij commander (fourth person), are among those on the EU list. (Photo: Mahmood Hosseini, Fars News Agency)
Nima Tamaddon
20 Apr 11
Some question the merits of new European measures, suggesting they may only make the regime more determined.
Ayatollah Khoeiniha at a meeting of the Assembly of Combatant Clerics. (Photo: Hossein Fatemi, Fars News Agency)
Arash Ghafouri
14 Apr 11
Veteran of leftist politics, Ayatollah Mohammad Mousavi Khoeiniha, may assume more prominent role following arrests of opposition leaders.