Iranian cleric says filtering the web un-Islamic

February 8, 2011 18:05

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates  — An Iranian cleric called the country's heavy Internet filtering to be against Islam because it can block scientific or Islamic sites.

Mehdi Hadavi Tehrani said Tuesday on the opposition web site Kalame that the web filters could also block useful scientific and Islamic sites because words such as "sex" are flagged.

Tehrani, who was among hundreds of clerics in the seminary city of Qom, made the remarks last week to a little-known outlet called the Quran News Agency. His opinion would carry no particular weight for authorities.

Iranian officials have sharply curbed Internet access since the violent demonstrations after the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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