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By Paul Iddon     Mar 12, 2013 in Technology
The Iranian Ministry of Information and Communications Technology has stepped up its censorship campaign by blocking VPN's that enable millions of Iranians to surf the internet freely and untrammeled by regime imposed filters.
The ministry blocked Virtual Private Networks which many Iranians use to bypass their filters. Now access in Iran to sites like Facebook and YouTube has gotten progressively more difficult than it was before. The VPN's which are encrypted links to private networks based outside of Iran are now being blocked. The regimes authorities state that, "Only legal and registered VPN's can from now on be used." (Reuters, March 10 2013)
This comes just ahead of Iran's June presidential election. During the last June 2009 election the authorities censored the internet as a result of the "Green Movement" political campaign utilizing social media sites like Facebook in order to communicate and promulgate their political propaganda. (NY Times, March 11 2013)
As confirmed by contacts and friends of this digital journalist in Iran internet access in that country has indeed gotten progressively more difficult and these latest developments constitute a gross violation of internet freedom and freedom of information and inquiry in that country, the worst it has seen since the summer of 2009.
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