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The story: Prominent Iranian civil society activists and journalists have come out against European efforts to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, denouncing such a step as meddling in Iran’s internal affairs. This comes as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has agreed to pardon and reduce the sentences of thousands of individuals—including people detained during the anti-establishment protests in recent months.
The coverage: A group of 70 Iranians issued a joint statement on Jan. 30 to "condemn" the European parliament for voting overwhelmingly in favor of a non-binding resolution to blacklist the IRGC.
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