More websites blocked including RFI and Deutsche Welle


first_imgNews January 28, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More websites blocked including RFI and Deutsche Welle June 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts June 11, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Organisation News IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Follow the news on Iran Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020center_img Bahman Hedayati, the editor of the Parsine website (www.parsine.com), described the blocking of his site as “illegal” in an interview on 26 January for the Iranian news agency ILNA. The literary website Haftan (www.haftan.com) was blocked the same day by certain Internet Service Providers without any explanation. Iran’s leading literary critics have for the past three years been writing for the site, which is very popular with young Iranians. Several news websites that criticise the government or belong to potential rivals of President Ahmadinejad have also been rendered inaccessible by ISPs since 24 January. Farda News (www.fardanews.com) and Parsine (www.parsine.com/), sites that support Tehran mayor Mohammed Baqer Qalibaf, a future Ahmadinejad rival, are among those that have been blocked. Cyber-feminists Parvin Ardalan, Jelveh Javaheri, Maryam Hosseinkhah and Nahid Keshavarz were meanwhile summoned before a Tehran appeal court again yesterday. Calling for their convictions to be quashed, their lawyer, Masomeh Sotoudeh, said posting articles defending women’s rights did not constitute “subversive activities” or “anti-government propaganda.” The four cyber-feminists were sentenced last September to six months in prison for contributing to the online newspapers Zanestan (“Women’s City” – http://herlandmag.net/) and Tagir Bary Barbary (“Change for Equality” – http://we-change.org/). Reporters Without Borders condemns the wave of censorship that has hit many Iranian and foreign Farsi-language websites since 24 January. Most of the sites contain articles critical of the government and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose term expires on 12 June. International news media websites have also been blocked since 26 January. “After directly targeting human rights activists, the authorities are now stepping up their control of the Internet, one of the few areas of freedom for Iran’s citizens,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Internet filtering is not new in Iran but we are worried about the scale it has assumed and the fact that it is affecting all the main cities. We call for an end to the sanctions against these websites, which are sources of news and information.” The Farsi-language site of the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle (www.dw-world.de/dw/0,,641,00.html) has been inaccessible since 26 January, as has the Farsi version of the Radio France Internationale site (http://www.rfi.fr/actufa/pages/001/accueil.asp) and the Arabic-language site of the satellite TV station Al-Arabiya (http://www.alarabiya.net/persian/) (see screen captures). According to the tests conducted by Reporters Without Borders yesterday and the day before, the blocking is affecting the cities of Tehran, Qom, Ahvaz, Karaj, Tabriz, Bousher, Meshedd and Shiraz (see map). IranMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en News to go further Reporters Without Borders condemns the wave of censorship that has hit many Iranian and foreign Farsi-language websites since 24 January. Most of the sites contain articles critical of the government and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose term expires on 12 June. International news media websites have also been blocked since 26 January. © Reuters Help by sharing this information March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img