UNITED NATIONS - Iran rejected criticism from a UN human rights investigator over its tighter cyber security rules, saying they are necessary to protect it against cyber attacks and have nothing whatsoever to do with freedom of expression.
In his latest report, UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, said he was concerned about reports of government activities "that seemingly infringe on freedom of expression and the right to information."
He said authorities have reportedly targeted websites they see as promoting terrorism, espionage, and economic or social crimes.
These include sites that contain "pornographic content, insult Islam or Government officials, proselytize unrecognized religions, or establish anti-government political groups," Shaheed said.
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