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BuzzFeed: Iconic Iran protest photo from one week ago is 'old'

The Iranian regime recently curtailed the use of social media in order to keep information about anti-regime protests from reaching the outside world. One image that made it out before the crackdown is iconic. It shows a woman who removed her hijab holding it on a stick. It is a powerful image of freedom.

The media, who have been abysmal in their coverage of the Iranian protest, can't have images counter to their narrative. That's where this BuzzFeed tweet and story come in.

How old exactly is that an "old image?" The photo is from last week. The @BuzzFeedNews tweet above implies that it is from a time long before last week's protests started. But here's what the article, referenced in the above tweet, states.

My Stealthy Freedom's founder, Masih Alinejad, told BuzzFeed News the group had received the video last week and that the woman — who Alinejad has not been able to identify — had been protesting on Enqelab Street, in Tehran, on Wednesday Dec. 27.

Every Wednesday women take off their headscarves and post footage or photos online with the hashtag #WhiteWednesday. In June 2017, Alinejad discussed the movement with the BBC, and praised the women in Iran who were bravely sending in videos of themselves.

"There is no link between the photo and the protests. She made her lonely protest just a day before the uprising," she said over the phone from New York. "We don’t know where she is but she has become an iconic picture of the Iran protests."

The protests are against the repressive policies of the Iranian regime. These policies include forcing women to wear a hijab. This brave woman protested that decision on Wednesday, Dec. 27, a day before news started to trickle out about more widespread protests. There is a movement in Iran against the regime. This act is most certainly part of that movement, despite BuzzFeed's attempts to disqualify it.

As you can imagine, conservative Twitter reacted quickly to this latest bit of media bias.

BuzzFeed's tweet was ripe for satire:

Media elites, like the folks at BuzzFeed, don't understand actual real life beyond their coastal cocoons. This brave woman is part of the movement. A different take might be that brave women like her have inspired the protesters to continue — that the image, now widely circulated, is a rallying point for revolution.

Making that point would mean you are on the same side as President Trump. Being on the same side as President Trump is the one thing that media types can't be seen doing.

Editor's note: This piece has been updated to add a sentence between the tweets.

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