Unintended Consequences of U.S. Sanctions Against Iran: Internet Censorship
alternet.org / Mania Tehrani

Financial and trade sanctions imposed on Iran have failed to bring the regime to its knees but they have hamstrung efforts by dissidents to spread their message on the Internet because the latest technology and payment methods are barred

The Green Movement, which grew out of opposition to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election last June, has had some success in using the internet as a battleground at a time when foreign and domestic media have been banned from reporting from inside Iran.

While web access is severely limited, many in the movement believe that video of opposition protests gets to the outside world within hours thanks to sympathizers who work in government offices where the internet is unrestricted.

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