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04/27/10

'Blogger' Tool Said To Be Filtered In Iran

By -- Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL

The "Blogger" website that enables users to create their own blogs for free has reportedly been filtered in Iran. The "Kalame" website, which is close to opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi, reports that "Blogger" was filtered on April 24.


www.blogger.com

The filtering appears aimed at tightening Internet censorship and limiting online expression.

"Kalame" says the move signals a decision by the Iranian establishment to block service providers and exclude blogs en masse instead of one by one.

The Iranian government filters tens of thousands of websites and blogs, and in recent years a number of bloggers have ended up in jail for their writings.

Blogging is extremely popular among Iranians, especially among young people.


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