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Ahmad Tavakoli, Member of Parliament on the Budget and Planning Commission, said: “We have reached a state of systematic corruption. The term ‘systemic corruption’ is used to describe a state where institutions that are tasked to battle corruption in the judiciary branch, the security forces and the Majlis are themselves corrupt to an extent. Here is an example of common corruption in Iran: by making links between senior figures, one can reach some objectives and even high-ranking bank directors can help them when a parliamentarian is told not to bring the issue to the Energy Commission.” 

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In an interview with the state-run IRNA news agency on March 9th, Deputy Prosecutor General Abdolsamad Khoramabadi said: “If it is proven that removing filters on Facebook in some parts of the country was initiated by pertinent officials, they will be seriously dealt with. Filtering of Facebook stands as is.

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Mullah Mohammadreza Touyserkani, representative of the supreme leader in the Basij Force, affiliated with the IRGC, said: “Regarding management of the internet there are different perspectives that do not adhere to our government. We need to impose the restrictions dictated by Sharia and the government and we should not be ashamed of doing it.”

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The Foreign minister of Poland (Radosław Sikorski) said that he was unable to access the website of one of the major polish newspapers while he was visiting Isfahan Iranian historic city(center of Iran) on first of March.

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President Rouhani’s cabinet convened and in the beginning of this meeting the cabinet elected Alireza Rashidiyan, Deputy Minister of Intelligence, as the Governor for Khorassan Razavi Province. This province is particularly important considering that Mashhad, the largest holy city in Iran, is its capital.

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In its latest report, the World Bank published the status of broadband internet by country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA); Iran ranked last among these countries. The MENA region includes Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Syria, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Lebanon, Oman and Jordan. 

The state-run Tabnak website wrote on February 27th: “In the World Bank report, access to internet with broadband was studied. According to this report, only 12% of Iranian households have access to internet with broadband. This is while Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Qatar have the most households connected with 88%, 69% and 66%, respectively.

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