Omid Memarian

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Conservatives muzzle the Internet during elections

"Iranian authorities have followed official harassment of pro-reformist newspapers with an attack against online news publications, said Reporters Without Borders, which protested at the latest development.
Judge Said Mortazavi announced on 23 February that he would shortly shut down the pro-reformist web site
Calling for the site to be made available again in Iran, the international press freedom organisation said, "The Internet is now regularly used by Iranians to access independent news, despite controls put in place by the authorities.
"We call on conservative judges to halt their ideological censorship of the net, which has clearly intensified during this electoral period."


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