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11/16/07

Petition Against Yahoo and Microsoft's Recent Iran Webmail Cut

By Persian Gulf Online

Just recently YAHOO! and Microsoft announced that they have removed Iran from the country lists of their webmail services. At the Persian Gulf Organization we believe that this was a coward act against the people of Iran. The following petition was prepared by one of our compatriots to protest against this imprudent behavior. Please consider signing the petition and distributing it to your friends. The following are some links to the news.

News:


Petition:

To: YAHOO !
Dear Sir/Madam

Recently YAHOO removed Persia (Iran) from the country lists of their webmail services as part of stronger US sanctions against that country. Is this any way to win over Persian people's hearts and minds?

Since the spread of Internet in Persia (Iran), undoubtedly YAHOO has been one of the most favorite websites for the youth to create an email account and chat services.

E-mail accounts in YAHOO quickly became a serious way for young Persian people to maintain contact with the outside world for freely exchanging ideas with those outside in a country where the media is under government control and the country is increasingly being isolated in many aspects because of the political problems between the government and the west.

After a long time of pro-democracy movements by the young generation and students in Persia (Iran), recently many politicians, especially in the United States have pointed out that "people" of Iran are separated from their "government" and Western world must do everything to support their pro-freedom movements through cultural and educational exchanges.

The recent action by YAHOO to remove Iran from its list has no effect or exerts no pressure on Iranian government. It's just an additional help for those who are trying to cut off Iran's "PEOPLE" from the outside world.

YAHOO's act has targeted the people of Persia at a time when they're faced with the difficult challenge for bringing about a freer society.

We would like to ask that YAHOO reverse this new unwise policy by adding PERSIA (IRAN) to its list of countries to show its support for the people's pro-democracy movement.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

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