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Iran's Rouhani bans 7 million websites in first term

Iran's Rouhani bans 7 million websites, apps in his first term
The Iranian cabinet minister appointed by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has admitted that the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology filtered “seven million” websites during Rouhani’s first term (2013-17), the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) reported.

“In the past three years, we have closed seven million (web) addresses reported to us from authoritative agencies and blocked 121,000 important software and filter breakers,” said the Minister of Communication and Technology Mahmoud Vaezi during an open session of Parliament on June 6, 2017.

The Telegram’s voice call service was deemed a threat to national security and blocked by the conservative judiciary via a direct order to 20 internet service providers as well.

Nevertheless, the country’s primary internet policing authority, the Taskforce to Determine Instances of Criminal Content, is headed by Rouhani, and often collaborates with anti-internet state agencies and branches, including the FATA cyber police force, the IRGC, the Intelligence Ministry and the judiciary.

Investigations by (CHRI) indicated that since Rouhani became the President in 2013, secure, encrypted messaging services such as Signal and Crypto, as well as cloud services such a Google Drive, Telegram’s Voice Call service, Instagram’s live video, as well as numerous apps and websites belonging to reformist politicians have been blocked.

The internet and social media apps are heavily restricted and censored in Iran, with hardliners in the government viewing any form of internet freedom as a threat to Iran.

Last Modified: Friday، 09 June 2017 12:12 PM
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