Friday, September 17, 2004

How-to Suppress Internet Speech

Here's a round-up of a crackdown on two reformist websites in Iran. It reads as a how-to suppress political speech on the internet:
  1. Order the Telecoms to filter the sites
  2. If the technology fails you, arrest some technicians of the ISP hosting the sites
  3. Go closer to the source and arrest journalists associated with the sites
  4. Increase the fear by arresting the father of a formerly detained blogger, who fled to the Netherlands, from where he operates a website. The message of the Iranian authorities is clear: "We will get to you through your loved ones. We will get to anyone, anywhere. The internet is global, so are we..."
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Thru Joi Ito's Web


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