Stories about Iran

Iran’s Draft Data Protection Act: Too little but not too late

While lawmakers wait to ratify the Draft Act, they must pay heed to international digital rights standards in the new Draft Law for the Personal Data Protection and Safeguarding

Netizen Report: As water levels rise, Iran’s ban on messaging apps is slowing emergency relief for flood victims

Iranians ask for censorship pause in face of fatal floods, Indians suspect Facebook of election meddling and Australia tries to ban violent videos.

Government official says the ban on messaging apps is slowing flood relief in Iran

"In situations where sharing information is vital, censorship can turn into a deadly phenomenon."

Iranian environmentalists fear death penalty after a year behind bars

Public prosecutors built much of their case against the group from a forced confession made by one of the activists.

Censored in 2018: Protest videos, court verdicts, real news — and Peppa Pig

From blocked websites to revoked media licenses to account shutdowns, censorship comes in many forms. Here are a few we saw in 2018.

In Iran, state-sanctioned messaging apps are the new hallmark of internet nationalization

Since they censored Telegram, Iranian officials have deployed aggressive measures in an effort to promote national messaging services.

Iran’s telecommunications company illegally rerouted Telegram app traffic

In a new move aimed at tightening the state-imposed ban on the Telegram messaging app, the Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI) temporarily rerouted Telegram app traffic in violation of domestic law in July 2018.In...

Iranian authorities arrest ‘Instagram celebrities’, in effort to assert control over social media

Iranian authorities announce plans to filter Instagram because of the evils of "Instagram celebrities". A few days later, the state broadcaster reveals the arrest of several "Instagram celebrities."

Iranian parody band sings a love song for Telegram after its block

"Just when I was relying on you, you were suddenly blocked and gone and all I have left is this VPN, that's the only bridge between you and I."

Telegram channel administrator could get death penalty for “insulting the Prophet”

Article 262 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code dictates that “Anyone who swears at or commits qazf [slander] against the Great Prophet [of Islam]...shall be sentenced to the death penalty.”

Netizen Report: What do Iran, Pakistan and Russia have in common? They all ban Telegram.

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in internet rights around the world.

The chilling effect of officials discussing Telegram's imminent ban in Iran

Some officials say Telegram is set to be blocked at the end of April. Although the app remains technically unfiltered at the moment, usage among Iranians is down.

Iranian Detainees Face Privacy Violations, Public Smear Campaigns

Two cases in Iran highlight new signs of violations of due process and in how personal electronic devices are seized and the right to privacy is violated.

Evidence Says Iran Throttled Telegram Connections After January Protests

User reports and various data suggests even after the Iranian government removed censorship on the popular messaging and social media platform, they were still slowing down speeds.

Protests Underscore the Potential Power of Iran's Access to Information Law

This is an opportune time to fully enforce efforts towards transparency after Iran's December-January protests. The first step must be a full implementation of Iran’s Access to Information law.

Netizen Report: Iranian Authorities Are Blocking International Web Traffic and Messaging Platforms

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Iranian Technicians Have Been Ordered to Disrupt International Web Traffic Amid Protests

“We have been ordered to interrupt international traffic,” a source at an Iranian internet exchange point said.

In Iran, Music Streaming Sites Soundcloud and Spotify Are Back Online

Spotify and Soundcloud are now accessible for Iranians.

A ‘Verified’ Social Media Account Can Help Protect Iranian Activists — If They’re Lucky Enough to Get One

Social media companies can do more to protect communities facing online attacks.

Iran's Foreign Minister Says He Won't Tweet in Persian Because of Twitter Censorship

The rhetoric of the Rouhani administration is giving off less hope for online freedoms, and the popular foreign minister's statements about not tweeting for Iranian audiences has increased concerns.

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