Protests of Iranian Election Irregularities Intensify in Paris

Several dozen journalists and the press watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) staged a protest rally outside the Iranian embassy in Paris on Thursday to demand an end to media restrictions in Iran.

Foreign journalists in Tehran have been banned from reporting from the streets or attending mass rallies since violent protests erupted following the announcement of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election.

Several hundred Iranians have demonstrated in Paris for a second straight day against violence in their homeland and the outcome of last week's presidential election.

The demonstrators held up banners saying "Freedom of Expression in Iran," ''Liberty and democracy for Iran" or "Where is my vote" at a peaceful protest near the Eiffel Tower.

Iranians in Paris are demonstrating for a third straight day against violence in their homeland and to support those contesting the disputed presidential election.

Reporters without Borders, the media advocacy group, also held a rally across from the Iranian Embassy to protest a crackdown on the media by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government.