L'oeil public


In May 2009 I traveled to Iran for the magazine Elle, a few days before the presidential elections.
Apart from fatigue of the population facing the policy of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, nothing foreshadowed the events of violence that followed the results. The people we met told us that the opposition to the regime passed by the exchange of funny stories through short text messages. Cell phones were the first tool of resistance.

But when demonstrations in Iran started, it has become quickly impossible to use “traditionnal medium” as mobile phone and text messages. The new place to resist and communicate, outside the streets of Tehran, has become Twitter on the internet.
One can bear witness of the events as they happen, exchange pictures and shouted their anger.
Since the media are prevented from working, the only relationship we have with the Iranians is Twitter and its pixelated images taken from cell phones.

Twitter remains a formidable tool of communication and freedom, but sometimes the information is close to the rumor and the images are impossible to verify.

I spent time in front of my computer to try to understand what was happening in Iran. And especially during the events of June 20 during which the repression was bloody (referred to 17 deaths).


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