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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 05:31

Internet censorship high on Iran's agenda

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Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi

The Iranian judiciary has announced the establishment of a centre to process cyber offences and warned that websites that violate the law will be blocked.

IRNA reports that Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi warned that the “threat” of internet is reflected both in personal lives and national security alike.

He added that the establishment of the Centre for Cyber Offences is key to identifying and dealing with such offences, emphasizing once more that any site that violates the law will be filtered.

Iranian internet users have great difficulty using the internet due to low-quality services coupled with heavy internet censorship by the government.

Numerous websites are considered inappropriate or seditious by the Islamic Republic authorities and, thus, are blocked. Iranian internet users often use proxies to access news and other websites that cannot be directly accessed in Iran due to government buffers.

The Iranian government has also announced that it is looking at launching a national internet in order to have an alternative “clear internet” that people can use without the fear of so-called threats on the World Wide Web.