Iran sets legal body to monitor Internet content

Posted on Mar 17 2012 - 10:37am by Manzar Chaudhury

By forming a legal body Iran has taken every initiative to filter, monitor and block offensive content on the Internet.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Supreme Council of Cyberspace is the outcome of a year and a half of weekly meetings between security chiefs and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s representatives. It will include almost everybody such as heads of intelligence, militia, security and the powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and media chiefs.

“We are worried about a portion of cyberspace that is used for exchanging information and conducting espionage,” said Hamid Shahriari, Iranian council member.

“We have identified and confronted 650 websites that have been set up to battle our regime—39 of them are by opposition groups and our enemies, and the rest promote Western culture and worshiping Satan, and stoke sectarian divides,” added Mr Shahriari.

He, however, did not mention whether the council has already censored any sites. The council is going to “focus and facilitate positive aspects of the Internet, like business and trade,” he told the Mehr news agency.

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