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Iran PTT minister to answer MPs' question on filtering websites

Minister of Post, Telegraph and Telephone Ahmad Motamedi is to appear before Majlis to respond to questions of 40 lawmakers on the ministry`s action in "filtering certain websites and sealing satellite equipment," IRNA reported from Tehran.

Member of the Industries and Mines Commission at Majlis Seyed Ali -Akbar Mousavi Khoeini told reporters here on Wednesday that Ministry of Post, Telegraph and Telephone (PTT) have been filtering certain websites upon the approval of the High Council on Cultural Revolution.

Khoeini quoted Vice-President Hojatoleslam Mohammad-Ali Abtahi as telling members of Majlis Industrial Commission recently that any approach to websites would be possible based on Majlis approval. He further quoted Abtahi as saying that based on the law, only TV related equipment can be sealed but not internet-related equipment. He said website filtering has turned into a factional move in Iran.

"Certain websites continue to insult legal and real entities but no action has been taken against them," complained Khoeini. He questioned legality of the committee assigned by High council on Cultural Revolution to filter websites.

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