Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Iran is Shutting Down the News – Not Just MSM…All of It

Speaking of crackdowns, Think Progress reports:

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard “has warned online media of a crackdown over their coverage of the country’s election crisis.” It “said through the state news service that Iranian Web sites and bloggers must remove any materials that ‘create tension’ or face legal action.” “Iranian authorities appear to have successfully blocked all access to Facebook, MySpace and Twitter Wednesday morning.”

More per Huffington Post:

9:16 AM ET -- Trying to create a black hole. What they can't censor with technology, they'll try to censor with a violence-backed threat.

The BBC claimed today that Iran has widened electronic jamming of its services, as the country's Revolutionary Guard ordered domestic websites and blogs to remove any material that might "create tension" amid post-election unrest.

Both the BBC's World News and Persian TV channels are now being jammed by "ground-based interference" in what one senior corporation insider told MediaGuardian.co.uk was akin to "electronic warfare".

Iranian authorities also blocked access to Yahoo Messenger early today as the country intensified its crackdown on all means of communication following Friday's controversial presidential poll.

 

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