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Free elections, fair media: Afghanistan v. Iran

July 20, 2009

‘The Afghan government has blocked access to four websites with President Hamid Karzai’s name in the address that are critical of the Afghan leader or have links to sites advertising locally taboo subjects such as online dating and mail-order brides. The shutdown order comes ahead of the country’s Aug. 20 presidential election. An Information Ministry spokesman initially said the original complaint about two of the sites came from the Karzai campaign. Karzai’s campaign spokesman agreed but then called back to deny involvement. Afghan coverage of the presidential race has been dominated by Karzai, while his 40 opponents complain they have received scant attention in state-run media, forcing them to campaign in person or on the Internet in a country where daily travel can be deadly and few have home computers.’ (from Seth Y.)

I wonder if CNN will let the people know—or rather, copy and paste from Twitter.

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