Iran Police Chief Warns Opposition Against SMS, Email Communication
Radio Free Europe / compiled from Radio Farda and agency rep
15-Jan-2010 (one comment)

Iran's police chief has warned opposition supporters against using SMS text messages and e-mails to organize antigovernment rallies.

Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam said spreading word of such demonstrations was a crime that carried a "heavy penalty."

Cell-phone and e-mail messages emerged as a key form of communication for Iran's opposition in the unrest that erupted in Iran after June's disputed presidential election -- including to organize demonstrations and disseminate news and images.

The messages have also become an important source of information for foreign media who are banned from directly covering the protests.

Moghaddam said anyone using SMS or email messages to organize opposition rallies should know their messages were being monitored.

He said it was possible to trace both sender and recipient, and he warned that anonymous proxy servers would not protect user identities.

The warning comes amid a continuing clampdown on media in the wake of the most recent opposition protests in late December, in which at least eight people died in clashes between security forces and demonstrators.

Earlier this week, authorities closed a conservative newspaper, "Hemmat," for "slander and dissemination of lies with the intention of agitating public opinion."

Radio Farda reports that the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry has sent warnings to six newspapers including reformist, moderate conservative and economics titles: "Jamh... >>>


Iran Warning on SMS/email

by MM on

Trying to clamp down on opposition commnucations, the police chief is threatening protestors and especially those who spread the news/gatherings with prosecution.  Any solutions out there to counter the monitoring problems, e.g., proxy, mirror, etc.?