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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Our right to know restrict, day by day

I really don't know how many times I wrote a post about censorship and restriction of freedom of expression in Iran what that really I suffer about it and upset me more than everything in Iran.

Their attitude is really strange usually for a period of time the leave everything by its own and these days their attack is begin again.

1-they come to our house and ask us to give them our satellites and if we refuse their request, hard punishment is waiting for us.

2-they crack down another newspaper. Shargh most prominent reformist newspaper was crack down yesterday .they close our newspaper which we used to read it every day but today my only choices in news station were governmental newspapers.

3-tonight a subtitle rolls on bottom of our TVs. it was a government statement about Iranian cinema, exactly the day after cinema national day in Iran. The statement says from today movie producers shouldn't advertise their movies on satellite channels Otherwise they banned the movies!

4-Iran have maximum 15% Internet users but limitation of Internet is very strict .they scanned and filtered our requests on Internet. They restricted us in many ways for example:

  1. They filtered hundreds of sites only if views have little different with official views.
  2. They are restricted us on Internet with slow dial ups lines. It is a secret policy in Iran.”High speed lines are only sufficient for government offices or big company. We must restricted people as more as we could so we try the keep expensive charge of using Internet.
  3. some prominent sites which are filterd in iran : flickr,technorati,orkut,youtube,blogrolling and...



shalom said...

hi yasser-i think its terrible but impossible to try to stop people to have a independent thought.thay can make draconian rules and use a strongly act by trying to enforce tham but thay never can brake the humen spirit of freedom.
just take care (-:

Matt said...

Man, they're trying hard as they can to prevent you guys from getting info about the outside world because they know what'll happen once you do. How's the classes treating you? I think we have a lot in common in that respect, haha!

persianarchitect said...

you are right, it is becoming worse day by day, but you know what, truth knows no obsticles and it shall one day prevail.

tVP said...

Hi Yasser,
I’ve found your blog and really appreciated it. So, please, listen to my idea and, if you like it, and let me know.

I’m working on a project -and a blog- called the ViewPoint, whose aim is to provide a unique and different view of what happens in the world, paying attention to what the bloggers say (as you do in your blog).
I want to create a "network" of blogs and web-sites, to provide a direct access to facts and news, not only in "dramatic" situation (e.g. “Bangkok Pundit” covering the military coup) but also reporting the ordinary life (excellent examples of reportage are provided in " My Sarisari store", also linked from "the-ViewPoint") or highlighting news that are often hidden (e.g. the reportage of MSF or of RSF).

To achieve this result, I'm surfing the web, picking up the best blogs and web-sites from different Countries, and linking them from " the ViewPoint" site (asking for a link back).

This idea/project is still at the beginning, and I really think your link would be valuable for this project.

If you like this idea, please contact me ( and visit “the-Viewpoint” site.

Thanks a lot!
Giovanni B. said...

You may find the most complete details about iranian's internet filtering system at We also developed a comprehensive Guide to help people get rid of censorship. The PDF version of this Guide can be downloaded at The site is in persian language, of course but the english translation will become available soon.

Anonymous said...

I'm in the US. I read IRNA in English to try to get a better understanding of what is going on in Iran. It seems to tow the party line. This blog is enlightening.

I wonder how may people in Iran feel that way you do? I was hoping there would be a cultural revolution several years ago that would result in real democracy and freedoms for Iranians. There seemed to be a strong movement in that direction, but then the conservatives took over. This is so disappointing to us outsiders.

Iran is such a great nation with a rich hsitory. I hope it throws off the religious tyranny. The only way it can move forward is to separate religion from government, but I don't know if Iranians can see this.