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Layers of Internet Censorship in Iran

Ahmed Shaheed (UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran): This past March I attended the Munk School of Global Affairs’ 2014 annual Cyber Dialogue in Toronto, where government representatives and members of civil society, academia and the private sector discussed cyber security and governance. We talked about ways to support governments, including Iran’s, in their efforts to advance protections for privacy, expression, opinion, and association and in their efforts to improve Internet speed and access to content deemed protected under international law.

Iran: Rouhani’s government facing political drought

Live TV interview of Hassan Rouhani, the mullahs’ President, with TV Channel no. 1 raised reactions from all of the factions within this regime. In this interview that took place on April 29, Rouhani defended his government’s dossier and said: “The government was able to fulfill all his promises until the end of the past Iranian year (March 2014).”

Iranian Newspaper Banned After Reporting on Official’s Firing

Last week, the Iranian capital’s Ebtekar newspaper reported that the head of the Iranian Prisons Organization had been dismissed from his position.” On Saturday, Tehran’s public prosecutor’s office responded by banning future publication of the newspaper, which was declared guilty of “spreading rumors and lies, or [distorting] others’ contents,” according to Mohammad Ali Vakili, Ebtekar’s managing director.

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