Throwing gas on the fire of Iranian internet suppression

Coverage of the recent cyberattack on October 26 against gas stations across Iran has generated expected outcomes, with images of long lines of cars and endless speculation over the perpetrator. While journalists photograph shut off gas pumps, hardline policymakers in Iran are seizing this opportunity to justify their latest attempt at restricting internet freedom.

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To expand repression Iran’s judiciary takes control of the Internet

In December 2020, when Iranian society was struggling with small and big problems from the coronavirus to the lack of water and power outages, in hidden and a silent atmosphere a plan called the ‘Requirement to publish data and information plan’ was presented to the parliament, and until a few days ago no one was aware of the existence of such a plan.

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Iran aims to end online freedoms

On July 31, 19 days into a strike, workers from the Haft Tappe sugarcane processing plant in southwest Iran took to the streets. The focus of their strike was delayed wages and poor working conditions. But they were also protesting against the Islamic Republic’s latest effort for curtailing online freedoms. “They fear the internet [since] they back the corrupt,” marching workers chanted in Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran.

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Iran experiences internet shutdowns amid protests over water crisis

Mobile internet services in Iran have been disrupted amid ongoing protests against a water crisis in the country’s southwest. At least three people — including a police officer — have been killed in clashes in Khuzestan, state media have reported. Demonstrators have been calling for action to address the shortage of water in the oil-rich province for seven consecutive days.

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