Iran prosecutor gives government 30 days to block social media

By REUTERS
September 21, 2014 16:50

DUBAI - Iran's hardline judiciary has given the government one month to block WhatsApp and other popular instant messaging services, as pressure mounts on reformist President Hassan Rouhani to scale back his social and political liberalization.

In the severest warning yet to Rouhani's one-year-old administration, chief prosecutor Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei accused Communications Minister Mahmoud Vaezi of failing to unplug social networking sites and apps "with immoral and criminal content."

"Despite a three month grace period to allow you and your colleagues enough time, no effective action has been taken to filter out immoral and un-Islamic offenses" relayed through WhatsApp, Viber and Tango, said Mohseni-Ejei, an influential cleric and judge.


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