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Iran complains of an anti-Iran media bias:

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Foreign media have kept silent on the meeting between President Ahmadinejad and 50 economists of the country who have criticized government’s economic policies.
Last month, when an open letter of the country’s economists to the president was published, western media had a very extensive coverage of it trying to show that the letter indicated public opposition to President Ahmadinejad’s government.
The foreign media which are watching Iran’s developments closely, have not disseminate any news about the 6-hour meeting so far.
President Ahmadinejad accompanied by two vice-presidents, senior advisor and 8 ministers and heads of central bank and planning & management organization held a meeting with 50 economists from different universities on Thursday afternoon.

UPDATE: I’m not sure this is the coverage on the economy that Iran was hoping for. From Radio Free Europe:

“Ahmadinejad’s government is putting more pressure on Iranian media to prevent them from covering the economic problems in Iran, or even from covering strikes by workers there,” Bolhari says.

UPDATE II: Or this:

July 13, 2007 (RFE/RL) — Iranian authorities are reportedly holding a prominent union leader in Tehran’s Evin prison, RFE/RL’s Radio Farda reported.

Mansur Osanlu’s wife told Radio Farda today that prison officials told her that her husband is not allowed to make phone calls or meet his family.
Osanlu, the head of the greater Tehran bus drivers’ union, was pulled from a bus in Tehran on July 10 by unidentified men who reportedly beat him before driving him away in a car.
Osanlu has been jailed several times for organizing protests.


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