|Iran's conservative judiciary has laid down strict rules governing Internet content, banning the publication and spreading of material deemed to be against the Islamic regime or of a 'depraved' nature, the Iran newspaper reported Tuesday.|
Quoting judicial spokesman Gholam Hussein Elham, the paper said the ban covers web content that promotes depravity, smoking, drug addiction, financial corruption and gambling, as well as articles ‘insulting’ Iran’s leadership, top clerics and the ideas of the late Ayatollah Khomeini.
Elham said the law would apply to both Internet users and publishers in Iran as well as the country's Internet Service Providers, adding that the judiciary had set up a special department to investigate and prosecute Internet offences.
Ironically, the pressure to drastically cut net access has only increased since relations with the USA have worsened, contributing to even more internal instability. (Why the sabre-rattling? The two gov’s have one thing in common at least...)