To Light a Candle documentary film

Maziar Bahari’s 2014 documentary To Light a Candle, on the persecution of Iranian Baha’is, specifically the denial of their right to higher education and the creation of the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education, an “underground university” in Iran, was screened in almost 300 locations around the world

To Light a Candle was the first English-language documentary to detail the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran, and their peaceful form of resistance to this oppression, to such a wide and diverse audience. The film was also translated into at least four other languages

The screenings attracted significant media coverage around the world and at least 60 local and regional media stories across the United States


Street art for education equality

In 2015-16, Education Is Not A Crime launched a street art campaign to raise awareness of education discrimination in Iran among new and young audiences around the world

More than 40 murals were painted in Sydney, Sao Paulo, New Delhi, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Madrid, London, and at least 31 of these were concentrated on the United States, with one in Dallas, one in Nashville, three in Atlanta, and 26 in New York City

Nineteen of these murals were painted in Harlem alone along with a six-month community outreach and education campaign

The campaign’s social media following grew from zero to over 40,000 followers in less than a year

Dozens of new articles and video packages, including in the Associated Press, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Village Voice, Quartz, FastComapny, and many other outlets, told the Education Is Not A Crime story, leading to at least 100,000,000 impressions

A new documentary film, Changing the World, One Wall at a Time, due to be released in Spring 2017, showcases the global street art campaign

Independent news and information for Iranian citizens

IranWire reaches an average of 4 million people per month through social media platforms.

IranWire has approximately 120,000 unique visitors per month to its website.

IranWire’s YouTube channel has more than 4,700 subscribers and, since it was launched in 2013, over 1.9 million views


Citizen Journalism

IranWire mentors 20 or more citizen journalists inside Iran every month, assisting their reporting on local issues on such as human rights, governance, the environment, women's rights, and education

More than half of our mentored citizen journalists are from outside Tehran and roughly one-third are women.

Reporting by citizen journalists on IranWire reaches approximately 250,000 people per month across the web and social media.


Reporting Inside Iran's Prisons 

IranWire has worked with prisoners inside Iran's notorious Evin and Rajaei Shahr prisons and helped them to tell their own stories about prison life as citizen journalists. See for example