Iran denies planning to block the entire Internet

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April 10, 2012 14:51

 
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Iran on Tuesday denied a report circulating online in recent days alleging it would soon block access to the Internet and build a closed intranet in its place, according to AFP.

The online reports, published on April 1, were apparently an April fools prank, though the humor was lost on the Islamic Republic's Communications Ministry. The ministry said the report served "the propaganda wing of the West and [provided] its hostile media with a pretext emanating from a baseless claim," according to AFP.

However, in mid-2011 Tehran did in fact announce a plan to build a "national intranet" that would serve to disconnect the country from the rest of the world, The Wall Street Journal reported at the time.

The internal network, which experts described at the time as a way for Iran to end the regime's fight for control of the Internet, was expected to extend to the entire country within two years time.

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