Offices of hardline website closed

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News September 24, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Offices of hardline website closed RSF_en News News March 18, 2021 Find out more News June 9, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020center_img After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders today criticised the closure of the offices of the hardline website Baztab.com, calling it a “troubling example of the government’s repressive policies.” The shutdown, by the Teheran state prosecutor’s office on 19 September, once more deprived Iranians of a website that disagreed with the government’s official line. “The list of closed and censored sites is growing, as are the regime’s instruments of repression,” it said.The closure came after seven months of conflict with the government when the legal effort by the president’s office to close the site was approved. Access to the site inside Iran was blocked between 12 February and 19 March after it violated a 27 November 2006 ban on putting out “inaccurate news,” “violating the national constitution” and “undermining personal privacy” or “national unity.” Baztab has carried reports on Iran’s nuclear industry and on corruption in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was criticised. The site, which is close to the former head of the Guardians of the Revolution, Mohsen Rezai, was ordered by the Council of State on 29 March to be filtered. The Iranian news agency ISNA said the site had been targeted by 15 lawsuits from Ahmadinejad supporters. Meanwhile parliament began debating yesterday whether to allow websites to be regulated in the same way as other media outlets.Another hardline website, Entekhab, has been the target of four filtering orders since last November. Help by sharing this information Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran to go further Receive email alerts February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more