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06.14.09

Harrowing Tweets from Iran

After the election, protesters flocked to Twitter and their immediate coverage of the violence proved embarrassing to CNN, which was slow to catch up.

Plus, read more insight on Iran's election from other Daily Beast writers.

As protests raged in Iran this weekend after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed victory in the presidential elections, the most up-to-date news was found not on major news networks, but rather on Twitter, where on-the-ground users continue to post updates from Iran. Violent protests, police brutality, and the use of tear gas at Tehran University were reported in 140-character updates. Meanwhile, CNN was slow to pick up on the story, which caused Twitterers to create the CNNFail search hashtag, where they complained about the network’s lack of coverage. Reports from the protests:

monstris: Govt buildings being smashed, police batoning protesters, tear gas, rocks...head wounds all around Tehran. #IranElections

Mohamadreza: Tehran is dark, cold tonight, I can hear screams. scary #iranelection

Ghafari: aho tear gas fired around alJazeera office in Tehran, heard on Ghassan's program now, and they will not report that! #Iranelections

Ghafari: Ghassan BenJedou is in Tehran, car sirens are in the background.alJazeera will not broadcast the whole picture fearing of closing the bureau

jimsciuttoABC: #Iran police confiscated our camera and videotapes. We are shooting protests and police violence on our cellphones

mythary: Just talked to my team in Iran. mobile&TV network, most internet sites are all down.. Riots all over near TV station & vanak as ADJ speaks

TehranBureau: Between 50-100 dead Police on motorcycles beating ppl drive by attacking women #iran – TehranBureau for updates http://ow.ly/dVQB

Change_for_Iran: according to rumor mousavi requested all people to gather near his office at 12:30 pm today.

TehranBureau: @ Change_for_Iran this is a trap! if you dont believe me then check with mousavi sites. order is to hold back till word. pls RT

Shahrzadmo: SMS still doesnt work. Twitter, facebook, friendfeed, filtered.BBC filtered

Mohamadreza: Mohsen Mirdamadi,Saeed ShariAti,Abdollah RamezanZadeh,Zohreh Aghajari & Behzad Nabavi are arrested. (not officially confirmed) #iranelection

Change_for_Iran: tear gas #iranelection

Change_for_Iran: my eyes are burning hard to keep them open #iranelection

Change_for_Iran: I'm dizzy but ok. some people are getting shelter in the nearby unfinished bank building. police arresting a middle aged man

Today CNNSaeed: CNN producer hit by police baton as officers try to disperse 200 stone-throwing protesters. Will be on air on CNNI at 6 ET #iranelection

y_shar: I'm sorry I can't tweet anymore it's 3:40AM in Tehran and I'm exhausted and heart-broken. Hope tomorrow things'll get better. Good Night.

#CNNFail

jimsciuttoABC: Did CNN Intl really just air pix of a water-skiing squirrel? Anyone remember 'Ron Burgundy'?

SpaceyG: Oh look! CNN now showing a pro-Ahmadinejad rally! #cnnfail Man, that was some deal they cut.

TehranBureau: It's too bad CNN's cameras are focused on the staged sham, while protesters being brutally beaten (and God knows what) elsewhere.

MarietteEusebia: #iranelection CNN Int. is covering Afghanistan while people hit the streets and clash in Teheran... #CNNfail again...crazy!

zelewsky: Have Ahmadinejad and his henchmen shut down the CNN studio in Atlanta? CNN seems happy to funnel propaganda and report little. #cnnfail

oronhaus: RT @ Roebot: RT @ dtatusko: .@ CNN isn't even tweeting it????!!!!! wtf? #cnnfail #iranelection

Ktoropin: Amanpour just questioned Ahmadinejad at his presser. I don't see FNC reporters there. Less whining about #CNNfail might be in order

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