Evaluating Western media coverage of Iran’s elections

Here in an interesting take on the Iranian elections. It’s good to look at both sides.

By Sara Khorshid

“I am not sure what I think about events that appear in Western media to be an uprising against the Islamic Revolution. My common sense tells me that it’s not unusual for defeated oppositions to express objection over elections’ results; it happens in many elections, in both democratic and undemocratic countries.

Over the past few decades, Iranian elections have been known to be “fair”.

Despite the limitations imposed by the system when it comes to running for parliamentary and presidential elections, we generally feel that those who manage to make it to official candidacy do contest in fair elections.

Yes, there is a possibility of widespread fraud or inaccuracy, but there is no hard evidence that this is the case yet, and it doesn’t entail Western hailing of the losing candidate Mir Houssein Mousavi as a victim of conspiracy.

That masses are rallying to support Mousavi doesn’t necessarily mean he is the most popular Iranian leader, or that his rights have been infringed upon by the incumbent president Mahmud Ahmadinejad and the conservatives of Iran. Ahmadinejad too has had thousands rally for him on different occasions.”

The full article can be found at: http://www.commongroundnews.org/article.php?id=25740&lan=en&sid=1&sp=0&isNew=1

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