Iran bans foreign media from covering rallies


Iran on Tuesday banned foreign media from covering protests in Tehran, a day after its dubious presidential election ignited deadly clashes.

Journalists could continue to work in their offices and hotel rooms but they cannot go out and do any interviews as the authorities were revoking press accreditation of all foreign media, including Iranians working for the foreign press.

A reporter for SVT had been asked to leave Iran immediately, according to a spokesperson for the Swedish network, while Dubai-based Al Arabiya said its correspondent in Tehran was verbally told by Iranian officials that its office would be closed for a week.

In addition to restricting foreign correspondents, Iran also blocked access to certain online communication tools.

Al Jazeera is reporting that authorities have begun filtering out Internet traffic for Twitter and Facebook. Users must go to other sites that post tweets for them and allow them to read tweets from others.