Internet censorship: iranian law meets massive protest

Internet censorship: Iranian law meets massive protest

A law in the iranian parliament for even more internet tensure has drawn in the country and also in the vehicle level an unprecedented protest wave. "This law splits society like a chopper", twittered cultural minister abbas salehi on wednesday. The actually FURS internet state-based communications ministry also responded to the parliamentary decision. "The new law is irrational, illegitimate and ultimately sentenced to failure … Therefore, all vehement are synonymous", so vizeminister amir nasemi. In the social media, since wednesday morning, an unprecedented protest wave has never been against parliament.

Background of protests is a new internet law that could prevail the hardliners in parliament after a long time. 121 the members present in 209 voted on wednesday for the new law, but they did not want to debate because of the many ies. The details are to be finalized in a technical committee and then according to the pursuit of the so-called waxier council to be forwarded to the final confirmation. Observers, however, believe that the newly elected prasident ebrahim raisi after the swearing on 5. August his veto against the law.

State control of the internet

Officially, the law is about the supervision and a nationalization of the internet – so the creation of iranian alternatives to popular online services. Critics burrowed, however, that many platforms are paralyzed. In addition, according to the law, all internet users are to be registered and translating VPN apps with which iranians are forbidden via data tunnel access to unauthorized websites.

The internet has been a mandrel in the islamic establishment for years, because it has completely undermined the media controlled by the state. In these, for example, reports of riots or proto residues could be censored, in the social media this is no longer possible. In particular, young people pursue the political developments only on the internet, especially on twitter, and ignore the state-controlled media.

The government has tried in recent years to introduce domestic alternatives, such as messenger services, but ultimately failed the tarp. According to a survey of the iranian research group ISPA (persian), about 70 percent of iraner whatsapp, but only 5 percent of the iranian sorse messenger. With the new law, whatsapp could come to the ban.

An internet lock also had serious economic consequences for the country, especially after the outbreak of the corona pandemic in february of the previous year. Many shops have been running online via the instagram platform. It is used by uber 50 million iranians, but could be blocked according to the new law. According to media reports, in this case the source of income of at least one million people danger.

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