Commentary Magazine


The First Rule of Media Relations

The Iranian government is violating my First Rule of Media Relations, which I came up with after Hezbollah threatened me personally: Be nice to people who write about you for a living.

The BBC reports:

The new restrictions on foreign media require journalists to obtain explicit permission before leaving the office to cover any story.

Journalists have also been banned from attending or reporting on any “unauthorised” demonstration – and it is unclear which if any of the protests are formally authorised.

Press cards have been declared invalid.

Our correspondent says they are the most sweeping restrictions he has ever encountered reporting anywhere.