Thirteen Iranian deputies protest to President Ahmadinejad over Internet censorship
Reporters Without Borders
welcomed an initiative by 13 Iranian deputies who have written to President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to protest against censorship of the Internet, which they
described as "unconstitutional".
The worldwide press freedom organisation also noted that
several news websites, until now tolerated by the authorities, have recently
"It is encouraging to see representatives of the Iranian
people campaigning against web censorship", said Reporters Without Borders.
"Their letter suggests that contrary to the claims of the regime's officials,
the government's filtering policy is far from universally popular with the
In their 13 December 2005 letter, the 13 deputies, all close
to the reformist camp, said that filtering certain websites, particularly
scientific publications, was "contrary to the constitution and laws" of the
country. They said that only "immoral" sites could legally be
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