Gooya News was founded in 1998 by journalist Farshad Bayan, whose goal was to provide news coverage that extended beyond the official view of the Islamic Republic. It soon grew into a very popular website that allowed visitors to read political opinions from across the spectrum. Because it often provided a stage for views that contradicted and criticized government discourse and policies, access was blocked just a few years after it became active.
During the protests that followed the presidential election in June 2009, when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected for a second term and the opposition made accusations of vote rigging, Gooya was particularly important. The website published documents, photos and editorials that were banned from conventional news outlets.
Although the website is mainly run from outside the Islamic Republic and many contributors have been forced to leave the country, Gooya News relies on a network of contributors inside Iran, which has one of the largest blogging communities in the world.
In March 2015, Reporters Without Borders included Gooya News in a group of nine blocked websites that the group was able render accessible in their banned countries. The organization used a technique called mirroring in a bid to provide citizens in those countries with independent news journalism.Learn more about Internet & Networking