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Iran Sets Internet Police To Mute Dissidents

Monday, 16 Nov 2009 10:01 AM


Iran has moved to block the last remaining outlet of expression for the country's political opposition with the launch of a special force to police the internet.

A 12-member team reporting to the chief prosecutor will scour websites with a view to pressing charges against those judged to be "spreading lies" and "insults" against the Islamic system. Members will include police and personnel from other, unspecified, parts of Iran's security apparatus.

The move is seen as partly targeting Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the two defeated reformist candidates in June's disputed presidential election, as well as political activists.

Colonel Mehrdad Omidi, the head of the web crime unit, said cyber-crimes would be treated as seriously as armed robbery. He pledged to intervene in "political matters on the internet, should there be an illegal act".

"Given the spread of internet use, police must confront crimes taking place in the web atmosphere," the Iranian media reported him as saying. "A special committee has been set up to monitor the internet and deal with crimes ... such as fraud ... insults and the spreading of lies."

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