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Iranian City Council member to resign due to a Facebook photo

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A female member of Iranian city council is being forced to resign due to posting an unveiled

picture of herself in her private Facebook page.











According to Jaras, a dissident Iranian website, Mrs. Mehrnoush Najafi, a member of city


council in Hamedan (west of Iran) is under pressure to resign as a matter of uploading a private


picture of herself in which she was not wearing Hijab and her hair was not covered.


Mrs. Najafi who is a reformist lawyer and webloger wrote earlier in her weblog “ I had put a


photo of myself on Facebook in which my hair was not covered. It was not put in a public


section but was meant to be private only open to my family…then some people got access to


my photo and I was told to silently resign., but I have not done anything wrong and I rejected to


do so. Now they are trying to fire me”.


Meanwhile websites of hardliners in Iran published an interview of Hamedan province governor


with Fars new agency, a news broadcasting service which is said to be close to IRGC or


Sepah Pasdaran the elite forces of Islamic Republic Regime. (the interview was un posted


hours later from Fars website but it is still accessible in several other websites of the right wing.


“If members of Islamic City Council commit any thing that violates Islamic or domestic laws, they


must ask for apology. We will not remain silent on these sorts of violation and will follow a


jurisdiction process.” Said the governor and is published in right wing website GhatrehMrs.


Najafi believes that the action is a designed scenario for retaliation against her speech in a


gathering of reformists in presence of former president Hashemi Rafsanjani.


“On November 8th 2012, I had a speech and some people did not like what I said. Since then I


received massages that they will retaliate. Now they are using my private photo as a pressure


item to force me to resign.”


Mrs. Najafi can be considered the first official in Islamic Republic who is being a victim of


Facebook activities. While several other people have been arrested or lost their lives under


torture due to Facebook and weblog activities.


It seems that she is being retaliated due to her support for reformist and Hashemi Rafsanjani.


As for the next presidential election in June 2013, the effective remaining reformist are being


ruled out.Meanwhile Iran remains an enemy of Facebook. The popular social network is


prohibited and filtered in Iran and accessing it is impossible without special programs. It is said


that Facebook is highly monitored by Iranian Cyber Police and intelligence community to spot


activists and criticizers.



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I hold an MA in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands and a BSc in Persian-English Translations from the University of Payamnour, Tehran, Iran.  My MA thesis concerns the role of Social Media in general and Facebook in particular in education and integration of refugees in the Netherlands.  The title of my thesis is "Ethnographic Study of Facebook Usage among the Persian and Arabic Speaking Refugees and Asylum seekers in Asylum Center in Utrecht"  I have served on the website and social media editorial boards and am a frequent contributor to several journals. Currently, I am holding the position of Editor in Chief at IranGids.nl which is a multi-language website focusing on Iranian Tourist attractions.  My research areas include (but not limited to) Social Movements, Fandom, Transmedia, Pedagogy, Social Capital and Ethnic Media.  My most current research focuses on “The Iranian Zoroastrians Representation in New Media”. 

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