Members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards march during an annual military parade to mark Iran's eight-year war with Iraq, 1980–'88, in the capital Tehran, on Sept. 22, 2013. Atta Kenare/AFP
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Iranian MPs have criticized the arrests of journalists and social media organizers ahead of the presidential election in May, with one directly accusing the elite Revolutionary Guards in a letter published Saturday.The arrests in recent days are alleged to have targeted unnamed people who run channels on the popular messaging site Telegram supporting reformists and the moderate government of President Hassan Rouhani.Telegram, which has an estimated 20 million users in Iran, has become the leading site for political and cultural discussions in a country where Facebook and Twitter are banned.The authorities have tried to control the site, demanding that channels with more than 5,000 followers register with the government.
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