Nasrollah Jahangard Advises Iranian Government to Revise Internet Filtering Committee
Under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the activities of Internet Filtering Committee have made many experts and analysts to criticize the performance of this committee. Currently, almost 55% of total websites in world are officially blocked by the Iranian government.
Nasrollah Jahangard, the former Deputy Minister of Post, Telegraph & Telephone (PTT) for Development & Planning under Mohammad Khatami, says other countries are blocking access to certain websites for their local clients on daily basis in order to protect users from malicious and adult contents.
“The similar project is running by Muslim countries in the Middle East region, but Islamic Republic of Iran has failed to satisfy clients by blocking a huge number of useful websites.” Nasrollah Jahangard told the Herald Boy.
“At this time, social networking websites are available for clients in all the countries around the world. But the same service is blocked for Iranian users. Such types of measures reduce the trust of ordinary Internet clients to the activities of Iran Filtering Committee.” Jahangard added.
Although Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are officially blocked in Iran, more than 10 million Iranians have registered accounts in these websites. Currently, almost 45 million people in Iran are using Internet.
“I kindly urge the government to revise its policies with regard to blocking and filtering websites. Unfortunately, many clients are utilizing various methods to bypass governmental restrictions on Internet. The problems must be resolved as soon as possible.” Nasrollah Jahangard concluded.