Rouhani is definitely one of the modest up-to-date presidents in Iran as far as communicatons are concerned. He knows how to speak to his local and foreign audiences and understands the power of communications through social media and the internet.
During his election, he promised freedom of speech and access to information. To date, Internet is not available to all, social media sites are off limits (except if you are a leader in the regime), satellite TV is banned for most, journalists are imprisoned…
IRGC official are cracking down on all satellite dishes and are even blocking transmissions through methods that are thought to be cancer-inducing. Why? So that Iranians can’t view TV programs that might cause them to question their respect for the regime in Tehran.
What went wrong? Did Rouhani not really mean to fulfill his promises on human rights or did the hardliners within the regime deter him from fulfilling them?