Baku, Azerbaijan, July 21
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Reforms in Iran are slow and hard to come by. While the government of President Hassan Rouhani may be a breath of fresh air when compared to his predecessor, still don't hold your breath on being able to access certain Western "decadent" social network sites, such as Youtube.
"Youtube will remain banned," said Abdul-Samad Khorram-Abadi, secretary of the Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content. His committee has no plans to lift the current ban on the popular social network
He did however, make a point, saying that although banned, Youtube was still available in the Islamic Republic, according to a July 21 report carried by the Mehr News Agency. He remarked that access of some users to Youtube is due to some technical bugs. The committee has warned the telecommunication infrastructure company to resolve the problem.
The Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content which is headed by the prosecutor general of Iran, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei makes decisions on blocking access to "illegal" websites in Iran.