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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 10:09 pm    Post subject: Blocking Information In Iran Reply with quote

Blocking Information In Iran

25 October 2006

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Iran's clerical regime has ordered Iranian internet service providers to reduce the speed of internet access for homes and internet cafes. So far, businesses have not been affected.

The slower connection speed will make it much more difficult to access and download western news, movies, and television programs. It also will impede efforts by Iranian dissidents to upload information onto the web.

The hindering of internet access comes amid a fierce government crackdown on the media. Iranian police recently seized and destroyed thousands of privately owned satellite television dishes.

In September, the country's leading reformist newspaper, Shargh, joined the long list of publications shut down by the government. Individual journalists are also being targeted. According to press reports, Azeri Iranian journalist Reza Abbasi has been sentenced to one year in prison for "insulting" state officials and engaging in anti-government propaganda. Mr. Abbasi is a member of the Association for the Defense of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners.

According to the Paris-based press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders, six other Iranian journalists have been recently arrested. Three - Farhad Aminpour, Reza Alipur, and Saman Solimani - work for the Kurdish-language daily newspaper Rouji Ha Lat. Their families have not heard from them since their arrest and do not know where they are being detained.

On October 16th, says Reporters Without Borders, the pro-reform Farsi-language weekly Safir Dashtestan was closed, and its publisher and editor were arrested along with an editorial assistant. The weekly had recently published a satirical article about Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

U.S. State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey commented on the Iranian government's continuing assault on free expression:

"We certainly condemn the systematic restrictions on freedom of speech and press that are occurring in Iran, and we urge the [Iranian] regime to respect the rights of its citizens."

U.S. State Department spokesman Kurtis Cooper says, "We call on the Iranian government . . .to release those arrested and imprisoned for insisting on their universal rights to freedom of expression and association."
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:13 am    Post subject: Reporters without borders organises 24-hour online demo agai Reply with quote

Reporters without borders organises 24-hour online demo against Internet censorship

Help to combat online censorship by taking part


Everyone is invited to connect to the Reporters Without Borders website (www.rsf.org) between 11 a.m. on 7 November and 11 a.m. on 8 November.

More than 60 cyber-dissidents around the world are currently in prison for expressing themselves online. Something that is fairly simple for anyone to do in most countries is nonetheless banned in 13 of them. You can go to prison for posting your views on a blog or website in China, Tunisia or Egypt, for example. In order to combat this kind of censorship and to make as many people as possible aware of the situation, Reporters Without Borders is for the first time launching a major protest: 24 hours against online censorship. The general public, Internet users, bloggers, journalists, students - everyone is invited to register their opposition to censorship with a simple click.

How to take part in the 24-hour online demo against censorship:

The Reporters Without Borders website will be given over to this protest from 11 a.m. on 7 November until 11 a.m. on 8 November.

1 CYBER-DEMO against "Internet black holes"

Go to www.rsf.org during this 24-hour period, find the list of 13 countries that are Internet enemies and click on an inter-active map of the world to help make the Internet black holes disappear. Each click will help to change the map’s appearance. The aim is to re-establish the Internet in the countries where it is censored, to rebuild it before the 24 hours are over. Every vote will be counted. Every click will help Reporters Without Borders to speak with more force when it condemns the behaviour of those regimes that censor what should an arena for free expression.

2 Record a message for the founder of Yahoo!

By going to the special webpages, Internet users from all over the world will have the chance to record a message for Yahoo!’s founder from their personal computers. Reporters Without Borders will make sure the messages get to him. Why Yahoo? Because this was the first company to censor its own search engine to curry favour with the Chinese authorities. And because it has been collaborating for years with the Chinese police, which arrests and convicts dissident and freelance journalists. Shi Tao, for example, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the basis of information supplied by Yahoo!, which hosted his e-mail account. Other international corporations have acted in a similarly culpable manner and have been criticised by Reporters Without Borders (see the www.internet.rsf.org).

3 Create your blog on rsfblog

Reporters Without Borders is launching its own blog platform. By choosing to create your blog on www.rsfblog.org, you will help our organisation to support the Internet users who defy the bans on free expression. Each week, the "The Blog View of the World" publishes the opinions of bloggers all over the world on an important development.

4 www.rsf.org in Arabic

The Reporters Without Borders website, which is visited by 200,000 people a month, already has French, English and Spanish-language versions. On 7 November, the organisation will launch an Arabic-language version of the site. Every day, the site will have the latest press freedom news in Arabic.

The agency Saatchi & Saatchi has created an Internet ad calling on the entire Internet community to take part in the 24-hour campaign. All media, websites and blogs that want to support this large-scale protest are invited to get in touch with Cédric Gervet at +33 1 4483-8474.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I were in Iran right now...oh yes,I would most certianly be arrested! The coward Mullahs are so full of fear that someone "might" expose them...they are already exposed! Evil bastards...narrow minded fools...they are blinded by their own ignorance!!!Every attempt the Mullahs try to silence or controll
the people of Iran the greater the hatred grows toward them! The wounded animal is taking its last breaths but will be destroyed! I live for the day that Iran will again be FREE!!!
Men that believe women are property to be handled as they see fit are ignorant, small minded fools!!
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