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Iranian minister defends Internet censorship campaign

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Iranian minister defends Internet censorship campaign

Iranâ™s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Saffar Harandi has defended the censorship of certain Web sites and threatened to filter more if they publish inaccurate news about Iran or if they insult government officials.

According to the online news portal, Rooz, Harandi said, âœWe have filtered Web sites only when they have published reports that contained insults and false charges against individuals or officials.â

The announcement comes as part of a growing trend of Internet censorship in the country that is being applied to sites that are openly critical of the government as well as conservative sites that usually support the government line.

In a recent move, Baztab, a conservative Web site affiliated with Iranâ™s Revolutionary Guards was filtered for publishing reports critical of the administration.

Rooz: http://www.roozonline.com/english/archives/2007/05/004624.php    
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The announcement comes as part of a growing trend of Internet censorship in the country that is being applied to sites that are openly critical of the government as well as conservative sites that usually support the government line.
http://www.roozonline.com/english/archives/2007/05/004624.php
In a recent move, Baztab, a conservative Web site affiliated with Iranâ™s Revolutionary Guards was filtered for publishing reports critical of the administration
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