TweetExtensive media coverage of the Iranian women’s protest after the killing of young Mahsa Amini in the Kurdish town of Saqqez has painted the protest as a revolt against the hijab. Iranian women are rising against the hijab, we’re told in headlines, with images of hijab burning flashing all over the western media — no context, no history. In this reductive and oversimplified narrative there is little mention of minorities’ rights or the economic hardship that Iranians have endured for years. “Nothing warm my heart like seeing women burning the hijab,” thundered a headline from Indian Time, coming from a country where lots of men cover their hair. Iranians have…
Tweet The largest public display of discontent in Iran since the 2009 Green Movement has resulted in 21 deaths and 450 arrests, restricted access to social media apps and brought pushback from the Iranian government. Such scenes might have been unfathomable a decade ago — but these new protests, challenging the rule of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, represent discontent rarely seen in Iran.