The story: As protests continue in Iran, top officials are talking up dialogue and reforms—but also simultaneously warn that a crackdown on the ongoing unrest will be ramped up. Meanwhile, Iran’s top two intelligence bodies have for the first time issued a joint statement in which they accuse two journalists of being “trained” by foreign powers. The statement has been condemned by a journalists’ guild and prominent pro-reform media outlets.
The coverage: Protests sparked by the Sept. 16 passing of Mahsa Amini—a young Iranian woman who died in the custody of morality police—have entered their seventh week.
In their latest reactions to the unrest, conservative President Ebrahim Raisi and Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf have proposed dialogue and reforms to address protester demands.
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