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Rumor, mis-information, and regime propaganda mills are working flat out.

Repeated Twitters:

1.  The Army/National Guard are sending tanks/infantry units/helicopters/airplanes/battleships into Tehran.  

Analysis:  Up to now:  FALSE.  Reliable¹ Iranian Twitters are claiming these are being broadcast by regime supporters to spread panic and despondency among the Greens.

  1.  Journalists arrested.  CONFIRMED.  At least 30 journalists have been arrested in the past two days.

  2.  Basiji (militia) breaking into homes.  CONFIRMED.  The most likely scenario is they are arresting "high profile" protesters and activists of the "Reform" -- see footnote one -- politicians.  

  3.  Mousavi and wife arrested.  FALSE.  

  4.  Rafsanjani relatives arrested overnight.  CONFIRMED.  Apparently only the daughter remains in custody, perhaps because she was giving public speeches in support of the Greens.

  5.  Army supporting Rafsanjani/Greens/Regime.  UNCONFIRMED.  The Army, so far, seems to be sitting this one out.

  6.  Mousavi calls for General Strike.  UNCONFIRMED.  

  7.  Iranian State media calling protesters "terrorists."  CONFIRMED

  8.  Protests continue in the cities of Saqz, Marivan, Kermanshah, and Sanandaj as well as Tehran.  CONFIRMED.  "Sounds of Gunfire" in those cities and "heavy clashes between basiji and protesters" UNCONFIRMED.  

  9.  Tehran police claiming they did NOT shoot Neda - the 16 year old woman Drew posted about yesterday - and they have the bullet that killed her and are investigating.  UNCONFIRMED (But highly likely)

¹  I don't know what that means either.  Sounds good tho' -- don't it?  ;-)

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Jun 21st, 2009 at 01:31:48 PM EST
Keep seeing a repeated one that A canadianjournalist has been badly beaten while in Government buildings, cant say wether theres anytruth in it or not, or how anyone would get to know.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Jun 21st, 2009 at 02:16:29 PM EST
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That unnamed "Canadian journalist" twitter smacks of rumor/mis-information.  When solid information comes in there's always a name attached, AFAIK.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Jun 21st, 2009 at 03:00:15 PM EST
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This may be the source of that rumor:

A Canadian journalist working in Iran for Newsweek magazine was detained without charge by Iranian authorities Sunday, the magazine said, adding that Maziar Bahari had not been heard from since.

(Source: Pitney, Huffington Post)

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Jun 21st, 2009 at 03:21:26 PM EST
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Newsweek statement: NEWSWEEK Reporter Detained

On Sunday morning in Tehran, Newsweek's Maziar Bahari was detained without charge by Iranian authorities and has not been heard from since. Mr. Bahari is a Canadian citizen and a renowned journalist and filmmaker, who has been living in and covering Iran for the past decade. Newsweek strongly condemns this unwarranted detention, and calls upon the Iranian government to release him immediately.

Mr. Bahari's coverage of Iran, for Newsweek and other outlets, has always been fair and nuanced, and has given full weight to all sides of the issues. He has worked well with different administrations in Tehran, including the current one.  Since the elections over 20 journalists and bloggers have reportedly been detained; the seizure of innocent journalists is a violation of the right to a free press in Iran. Newsweek asks that world governments use whatever influence they have with the government in Tehran to make clear that this detention is unwarranted and unacceptable, and to demand Mr. Bahari's release.

by Sassafras on Sun Jun 21st, 2009 at 03:42:25 PM EST
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... Because if he'd been a biased journalist it'd have been fair to arrest him. Oh well.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sun Jun 21st, 2009 at 07:15:05 PM EST
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