Reporters covering the aftermath of the elections in Iran are obeying a state edict requiring them to remain in their bureaus and not venture forth to cover protest rallies or conduct man-in-the-street interviews. "Clearly we can only operate in Iran with the permission of the authorities," Jon Williams, BBC World News editor, told Broadcasting & Cable magazine. Seeming to allude to the recent arrest of journalist Roxana Saberi, Williams said, "It would be foolish for anybody to continue to operate knowing full well that the authorities would love to be able to arrest legitimately." One Tehran correspondent told Daily Variety , "There could be a great deal going on out there, but we just don't know." Many of the photographs and much of the video being shown on media outlets have come from "citizen journalists" who have posted the material online.

17/06/2009