December 12, 2003

Iran defends censorship, but not for political websites

Speaking in Geneva, Iran's President Mohammad Khatami insisted that the country only blocks access to 240 "pornographic and immoral" websites. He said the ban only applies to sites that are incompatible with Islam, and a government official added that "all political sites are free". He added that the government will publish the blacklist.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Information Technology Ahmad Motamedi said to that the private ISPs already have the blacklist. He refused to say whether the Minister is finally going to publicize the blacklist or not.

- BBC News online

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