The author has no competing interests to declare.
Annabelle Sreberny is Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Media Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies formerly holding the post of the first chair in Global Media and Communications at SOAS in 2006. Formerly she was Director of the Centre for Mass Communication Research from 1992–1999 at the University of Leicester. Professor Sreberny’s research has been supported by organizations such as UNESCO, the BBC, the Broadcasting Standards Commission and the ESRC and she was elected President of IAMCR (www.iamcr.org) from July 2008 for four years. Recent publications include the coauthored books Persian Service: The BBC and British Interests in Iran (with Massoumeh Torfeh, 2014) Blogistan:The Internet and Politics in Iran (2011, with Gohlam Khiabany) and the edited volume Media and Political Violence (2007, with Hillel Nossek and Prasun Sonwalkar).