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To: DoctorZIn
He also reminded listeners that Iran was a democracy and President Mohammad Khatami had been freely elected.

So... when that election took place, did women and non-muslims have the right to vote, did people have freedom of speech and religion, and was the press genuinely free?

Seems like it's hard to call it a democracy if women are second class citizens because of radical muslim views, and are not free to vote (and not free to travel to the polls without male minders.) And can an election be "free" if the press is so afraid of the mullahs that it has to self-censor to avoid having its journalists imprisoned, or is censored by or owned by government? I don't know what the conditions were during the election, but I would be very surprised indeed if the radical mullahs that took over left the press totally unshackled.

26 posted on 07/03/2003 11:56:13 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: piasa
In Iran today, candidates for elected office have to be vetted (approved) by the Islamic regime. The people, all people, then can vote on these candidates. Khatami wants to open this up a bit. Much like Gorbachev wanted a little change.

Also, they press has been free for a time under Khatami, but then the regime began closing down the newspapers, one by one and imprisoning their editors and writers.

BTW, in the last election, the protest movement asked the people not to vote in the election. The result being that approx 10% of eligible voters voted in the last election, in Tehran. The people voted by not voting. They consider the regime illegitimate.

27 posted on 07/03/2003 12:18:20 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... 6 days until July 9th)
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