Friday , 30 October 2020

Science and Technology

Iran: Assault on Access to Information

HRW – The Iranian judiciary’s blocking of the messaging application Telegram is an unjustifiable restriction on freedom of expression and access to information, Human Rights Watch said today. With more than 40 million users, Telegram had become the main social media platform for Iranians. On April 30, 2018, Mizan Online News Agency, the judiciary’s news agency, reported that the prosecutor …

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In a Desperate Move to Squash Internet Freedom, Iran Blocks Telegram

CHRI – Ban Unlikely to Stop Most of Telegram’s 40 Million Users in Iran The Iranian Judiciary has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to the country’s most used messaging app, Telegram, in an attempt to thwart an estimated 40 million Iranians’ open access to information. “Iran’s blocking of Telegram is another example of the state’s blatant hostility …

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Authorities Cancel Telegram’s License To Host Servers In Iran

RFL/RE – Iranian authorities have ordered the social-messaging app Telegram to move its servers outside the country. The Supreme Cyberspace Council, Iran’s Internet watchdog, said in a statement on April 26 that it had canceled the license that allowed Telegram servers to be hosted in Iran. The decision means that all incoming messages have to be channeled through Iran’s government-controlled …

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Senior Official: Telegram App Could Be Blocked “At Any Moment”

CHRI – Education Ministry Bans Telegram on Campuses On the same day the secretary of Iran’s Supreme Cyberspace Council told a radio program that the widely used Telegram app could be blocked “at any moment,” the Education Ministry banned the app on campuses nationwide. “I use Telegram as well as Instagram but based on the commitment I have to domestic …

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Three Men Sentenced To Five Years Of Prison For Social Media Activity In Miscarriage Of Justice

Iran-HRM – According to reports, a Tehran appeals court sentenced three men identified as Alireza Tavakoli, Mohammad Mehdi Zamanzadeh and Mohammad Mohajer for expressing their beliefs on Facebook and Telegram to five years of prison on charges of acting against national security and blasphemy. A source close to these three internet activists said that they had been detained in Evin …

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