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Iranian Culture Minister Says Ban On Online Social Networks Should Be Lifted

Source: Tehran Times

Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati has said that the official prohibition on the online social networking services should be repealed and the filtering of such networks should be stopped.

Facebook crucified - cartoon by Bozorgmehr Hosseinpur

"Not only Facebook but also all other online social networks should be accessible to every individual," he told reporters during a meeting of a group of experts on digital media in Tehran on Monday.

Jannati also said that Iran's Filtering Committee is not directly run by the Culture Ministry and that the ministry has only one representative in the committee.

"We need to talk with other members of the committee to make the social networks accessible to everyone."

Iran banned use of Facebook and other online social networking services in the aftermath of the unrest after the June 2009 presidential election. The networks are officially blocked in Iran.

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