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Israeli and Iranian cooperation

June 23, 2009

No, you did not just hallucinate that title.  Since the government has cut off almost all communication and the media is state run, the Iranian people have been relying on Israeli shortwave radio broadcasts for information – all detailed by the Wall Street Journal via Tablet:

“Today we have many more listeners inside the country because Iranians are thirsty for any information” about the unrest, the 69-year-old Mr. Amir says. He estimates the Iranian audience for Kol Israel’s 85-minute daily show in Persian is between two million and six million people. Independent audience numbers, for obvious reasons, are impossible to come by.

Though semiretired, Mr. Amir has been hosting the show every day since Iran’s controversial June 12 elections, narrating news summaries and taking live telephone calls from listeners within Iran. The call-in part of the broadcast, normally a weekly feature, is now on air daily due to the current unrest. Because Iran bans phone and postal links with Israel, Iranian callers dial a special number in Germany; as a precaution, Mr. Amir asks them not to mention their names or hometowns.

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