International papers are speculating on the upcoming elections in Iran, after former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is excluded from the vote. Columnists in the US are still up in arms over attacks on press freedoms, in the wake of a wiretapping scandal involving the Department of Justice and the Associated Press. And a high-altitude phone call lands one mountaineer in big trouble in Nepal.
The Guardian suggests that Iranian authorities are quietly preparing the terrain for their preferred candidate, in an election dossier that includes a database of the country’s prisoners of conscience.
An editorial in Canada’s National Post accuses the US of spying on its journalists and intimidating the press; it’s followed by a similar attack from the Wall Street Journal, who says the Obama administration is threatening freedom of the press. A former Attorney General defends the subpoenas in the International Herald Tribune.
And the Nepalese paper, The Himalayan, reports on a British mountaineer who gave a video interview from the highest point in the world, and broke the law in doing so.