I am posting this here because there are a number of conflicting reports circulating in the media, and it seemed well worth getting updated information out to a wider audience.
First, there are a number of photos circulating of a live 'Neda' which have not been verified as being the person who was killed in the Neda video. One in particular depicts a young woman in scarf and is described as a passport photo. I have been informed that the 'Neda Soldani' in that photo is a different Neda from the one killed in the video, and that someone spoke to the woman in that passport photo yesterday. Media should exercise caution in using that photo, as it is appearing in both mainstream and social media at the moment. Understandably, the family of the Neda killed in the video values their privacy and security at this time, and anyone purporting to post 'real' photos of Neda will be met with both resistance and skepticism. This particular passport photo, however, seems not to be the Neda killed in the video.
Second, there is much misreporting in the press about the provenance of the Neda video. Matthew Warner of The Guardian (UK) has conducted a telephone interview with (an Iranian living in the Netherlands who was the first person to post the video online). He clarifies in that interview how he came to be in possession of it in the first place, and how it came to wider viewing. The audio clip has been posted on The Guardian's blog here:
Third, it is not known at this point whether the man in the video with Neda is her father, as was initially reported by the doctor in the video, or her philosophy teacher, as has also been reported. It is also not known whether she was killed by a sniper from a rooftop, as was initially reported, or someone passing by on a motorcycle, which has also been reported. The audio clip interview in The Guardian seems to indicate that there is good reason to believe it was a rooftop sniper.
Updated: I have been informed that the man in the blue-striped shirt with her is Neda's music instructor.
I will post further updates as I learn them.
Updated: I am informed that the following photos are confirmed as being of the same person, Neda Agha-Soltan, who died in the video:
(photos above were apparently provided by family and family friends of Neda Agha-Soltan)
Updated: Neda's fiance, Caspian Makan, has given an interview to Al Jazeera, which has more photos of her, and them together on the video as it has been posted to YouTube, and provides more detail of her life and context for her untimely death: