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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 - mianehschool.net

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.net

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.

Iranian oil minister, Masoud Mir-Kazemi will take over the presidency of the OPEC Conference in 2011. (Photo: Raoof Mohseni)
12 Nov 10
Chairing the global oil grouping is not as big a role as Iran is hoping for.
Iran's traditional gold merchants have not taken kindly to a government plan to impose VAT and go through their accounts. (Photo: Mahmoud Hossseini, Fars News Agency)
Yasaman Baji
12 Nov 10
Merchants say VAT plan will stifle market, while government accuses them of tax evasion and complicity in smuggling.
(Photo: Farshid Alyan)
12 Nov 10
Images of the coastal fishing industry in northern Iran.
The pomegranate features heavily in the poetry of Iran as well as its cuisine. (Photo: Mehdi Marizad, Fars News Agency)
IWPR contributors
8 Nov 10
Pomegranates have been central to Iranian life, cuisine and poetry for centuries.
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad greeting his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai, who visited Tehran in August. (Photo: Sajjad Safari, Mehr News Agency)
5 Nov 10
Opposition members ask how government can account for sacks of money handed to Afghan officials.
Iranians are avid readers, but books take time to get into print due to strict censorship rules. (Photo: Farshid Alyan)
Omid Nikfarjam
5 Nov 10
The censor’s office is alive and well, if somewhat slow to get through the mounds of books awaiting approval.
Tehran police display confiscated wine and spirits. It is illegal to import, sell and consume alcohol. Bottles are lined up by category before being ceremonially smashed. (Photo: Yunes Khani, Mehr News Agency)
IWPR contributors
29 Oct 10
From bottles of wine to heroin hauls, the Iranian authorities stage public shows to destroy illegally smuggled goods.
This mural adds a touch of (painted-on) nature to a residential area of the Iranian capital. (Photo: Saba Karimi)
22 Oct 10
Urban wall paintings used to be all propaganda and Kalashnikovs, but now present cheerier aspects of life.
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad meets the Catholicos Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Dinkha IV, in Tehran, September 2010. (Photo: Amir Kholoosi, ISNA)
13 Oct 10
One of world’s oldest faith groups survives in Iran.
6 Oct 10
Pir-e Shalyar celebrations in Iranian Kurdestan.

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