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Iranians Relish Rouhani’s Victory17 June 2013
Translated by:Mehrdad Safa
Khabarnegaran.info –Today’s daily review takes a look at how Iranian media and social networks reacted to Hasan Rouhani’s victory in the eleventh presidential election.
Also, it takes a look at how a news article that could help to surmise the vote of Iranian Leader Ali Khamenei, published by a news agency affiliated with state security organizations, was deleted after a few minutes from their website.
UK Prime Minister’s late reaction to intimidation of the families of BBC employees in Iran is also discussed. Finally, a decade-long photo from an old newspaper published by a fundamentalist online website, showing that now President-elect Hasan Rouhani and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were in a political coalition, is also worthy of note.
Other sections of today’s daily review include the headlines of news websites after Rouhani’s victory, and election photos and cartoons.
Election News as Reported by Media
After the victory of moderate candidate Hasan Rouhani, many news agencies and websites started to publish the congratulatory messages of top officials and other candidates. How international media dealt with Rouhani’s victory was also another major topic.
A happy, optimistic atmosphere prevails in social networking websites and the streets of major Iranian cities, which saw a significant number of people celebrating the victory of Hasan Rouhani. They publish their reports and photos much faster than news agencies and websites. Instagram, an online photo sharing website, has undertaken to provide the photo coverage of Iranian people in streets. Citizen journalists have widely used Instagram to publish their snapshots of the street celebrations.
Many citizen journalists have also submitted their self-recorded videos of recent celebrations to different news websites. Some of these, including BBC, have urged people to submit more of their videos. Also, in Facebook, a victorious atmosphere prevails in Facebook, which saw a rather wide range of opinions about Rouhani’s victory. Some Iranian journalists, working both inside and outside the country, made some interesting points. “What a relief! After four years, now I can use the word ‘President’ again and there is no need to use ‘the head of government’ repeatedly,’ a reporter wrote in his Facebook page, referring to disputed 2009 presidential election, which many people believe it was fraudulent.
Some journalists were hopeful that Iranian Journalists Association would reopen soon. The association was closed during Ahmadinejad’s tenure.
The slow process of ballot cound was faced with some criticisms and even fueled some rumors, many contrasting it with unexpected fast vote count four years ago. A news story published by YJC, a news agency affiliated with state security organizations, intensified the rumors. The news was instantly deleted from their website, while it attracted wide media coverage in other websites. The news was about the ballot box 110, where the Iranian Leader and top security officials had casted their votes. “The Guardian Council’s watchdog at Tehran Governorate announced the final results of the ballot box 110: Saeed Jalili (200 votes), Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf (124 votes), other candidates (20 votes).”
BBC provided an extensive coverage of Iran’s eleventh presidential election right from the beginning of voting up to the official announcement of final results. A few days before the election, the family members of 15 employees of BBC were summoned to state security organizations. UK Prime Minister David Cameron supported BBC employees, saying that he is ready to start negotiations with the Iranian government to halt their intimidation.
Daneshjoo, a fundamentalist news website, republished a decade-old image taken from an old conservative newspaper, showing that Hasan Rouhani had been in the same coalition with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “These days that Hasan Rouhani, who is being supported by reformists, is competing against other candidates, a review of past political events is deemed necessary.” The image shows that both President-elect Hasan Rouhani and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were in the same coalition running for the 1999 parliament election, supported by the Followers of Iranian Imam & Leadership Front and the Association of Combatant Clerics.
Same News, Different Headlines
Headlines of news websites screamed Rouhani’s victory immediately after his landslide victory.
Election Photo of the Day
Reporters at the Electoral Commission, Interior Ministry, during the vote count
-* Election Cartoon of the Day
Source: Shargh Newspaper / Hadi Heidari
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