The Supreme Council of Cyberspace

Status:
Top Alert – Entity designated / sanctioned for terror, WMD and human rights violation

Also Known As:
Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace

Country:
Iran

Address:
Saadat Abad, Tehran, Iran

Reason for the color:
» OFAC designated Iran’s Supreme Council for Cyberspace pursuant to E.O. 13628 for engaging in censorship or other activities with respect to Iran that prohibit, limit, or penalize the exercise of freedom of expression or assembly by citizens of Iran, or that limit access to print or broadcast media;
» The Supreme Council of Cyberspace was created in 2012 by Iran’s Supreme Leader to centralize and oversee the Iranian regime’s Internet policymaking and regulation. Since its creation, and for the purported purpose of “protecting the country from negative content of cyberspace,” the Supreme Council of Cyberspace has continued the Iranian regime’s blocking of many social media sites and other Internet censorship efforts. As the country’s top Internet policymaking body, the Supreme Council of Cyberspace oversees the Iranian regime’s disruption of the free flow of information by restricting access to tens of thousands of websites, particularly those of international news sources, anti-regime outlets, ethnic and religious minorities, human rights groups, and popular social media sites;

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