Iranian ministers call for unblocking access to twitter
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 22
Six Iranian ministers and two MPs, who are members of Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content, called for removing ban on access to Twitter.
The top officials in a letter to the country’s Prosecutor General, who heads the committee called for unblocking the popular social network, given the growing public demands for access ban’s removal and activities of young generations and media in Twitter, the Iranian government’s website reported.
In the letter, the committee members have called on the prosecutor for raising the issue in the committee and remove of the ban on Twitter.
Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content, which is Iranian cyberspace watchdog body and makes decisions on blocking access to websites was established in 2009.
The committee has 13 members including 6 ministers from Iranian president Hassan Rouhani`s cabinet.
Iran’s Communications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Education Minister Mohammad Bathaee, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, Justice Minister Alireza Avayi, Science Minister Mansour Gholami, Culture Minister Abbas Salehi, are the ministers who have signеd the letter.
The Iranian authorities banned Facebook and Twitter in the summer of 2009 when former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election victory sparked off massive protests that gained momentum with the help of organizers using social media.
Filtering doesn't mean Iranians are totally cut off from the world's most popular social networks. Visitors from Iran are able to log on both Twitter and Facebook via proxies - special IP addresses, which serve as a hub through which internet requests are processed.
Senior Iranian officials, including Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif actively use the social media while it's blocked and illegal for the public.