Internet freedom

February 21, 2017

Briefing Report: Tracking Twitter’s Growing Popularity in Iran

Briefing Report: Tracking Twitter’s Growing Popularity in Iran Twitter was partially unblocked in Iran by the authorities during the last two months of 2016, paving the way for millions to access it, according to an investigation by the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The quiet unblocking of the social media network in November 2016 was followed by an uptick in usage of the site by […]... read more
February 12, 2017

Report: Iranian Hackers Target Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware

Report: Iranian Hackers Target Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware State-sponsored Iranian hackers, who had until now focused almost exclusively on civil and human rights-focused users of the Windows and Android operating systems, have for the first time developed malware (software that damages or disables computer systems) that targets users’ Apple devices, according to a new report by Internet security expert, Collin Anderson. “My fear […]... read more
February 6, 2017

Ailing Political Prisoner Imprisoned for Facebook Posts Denied Medical Care

Ailing Political Prisoner Imprisoned for Facebook Posts Denied Medical Care Soheil Arabi, who is currently serving a seven-and-a-half year prison sentence for the content of his social media posts, is being denied urgent medical care, his lawyer told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “My client has been having serious seizures and is in poor condition,” said Arabi’s lawyer, Amir Salar Davoudi. “My plea […]... read more
February 6, 2017

Intelligence Ministry Cracks Down on Alleged “Anti-Revolutionary” Telegram Channels

Intelligence Ministry Cracks Down on Alleged “Anti-Revolutionary” Telegram Channels In the latest crackdown by hardliners against popular social media applications in Iran, the Intelligence Ministry has detained several channel administrators of Telegram. Hardline domestic news outlets have subsequently aired admins’ alleged video “confessions.” Telegram is a mobile instant messaging application that also allows users to create membership-based online content channels and groups. The ultra-conservative […]... read more
January 21, 2017

Hardliners Pressuring Rouhani to Ban Popular Telegram App, This Time for 2017 Election

Hardliners Pressuring Rouhani to Ban Popular Telegram App, This Time for 2017 Election   The Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has called on President Hassan Rouhani to block access to Telegram, Iran’s most widely used messaging application, ahead of the upcoming presidential election scheduled for May 19, 2017. Rouhani has yet to respond to the request, an informed source told the […]... read more
January 14, 2017

U.S. Resident Imprisoned in Iran “Punished” for Going on Hunger Strike

U.S. Resident Imprisoned in Iran “Punished” for Going on Hunger Strike Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese-born U.S. permanent resident on hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin Prison since December 8, 2016, has been moved to a ward for common criminals to force him to stop, his American lawyer told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Jason Poblete added that his client meanwhile continues to be denied medical […]... read more
January 10, 2017

Iran’s Telegram Registration Requirement Widens Governmental Snooping Powers

Iran’s Telegram Registration Requirement Widens Governmental Snooping Powers In the latest attempt by Iran’s security and intelligence establishments to censor and control internet usage in Iran, administrators of popular Iranian-owned channels on the widely used Telegram application are now being required to register with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance or face prosecution.  Telegram is an instant messaging application that enables users […]... read more
December 22, 2016

Lebanese-American Internet Freedom Advocate Starts Hunger Strike in Iran’s Evin Prison

Lebanese-American Internet Freedom Advocate Starts Hunger Strike in Iran’s Evin Prison Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese-born U.S. permanent resident and internet freedom advocate who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran in September 2015 for “espionage,” has been on hunger strike since December 8, 2016 to protest his unjust sentence and the denial of medical and consular services. “He is innocent and wants to be […]... read more
December 9, 2016

Iran’s Cyber Police Tries to Control Popular Social Media App Telegram with Hacking, Permits

Iran’s Cyber Police Tries to Control Popular Social Media App Telegram with Hacking, Permits A state crackdown on social media ahead of Iran’s 2017 presidential election has resulted in the Cyber Police (FATA) requiring Iranian-owned channels with more than 5,000 followers on the country’s most popular messaging application, Telegram, to seek official permits. Meanwhile, several Iranian-owned Telegram channels have been hacked by state agents, according to an investigation by […]... read more
October 13, 2016

Ten Things You Should Know About Iran’s Multi-Billion Dollar National Internet Project

Ten Things You Should Know About Iran’s Multi-Billion Dollar National Internet Project “National Internet” Aims to Give State Control Over Iranians’ Access to Information A few months after the Iranian government launched the first phase of its “national information network” (NIN), many questions still surround Iran’s domestically hosted, state-controlled and censored internet. In this article, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran discusses ten critical questions […]... read more
September 14, 2016

Cartoon 154: Bandwidth

Cartoon 154: Bandwidth In a meeting with the Minister of Communications, conservative cleric Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi recommended allocating the bandwidth used by the popular networking service Telegram to Iran’s National Intranet, in order to deter millions of Iranian users from using Telegram. This is cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the issue.... read more
September 14, 2016

Twenty-Year Old On Death Row After “Confessing” on Promise of Freedom

Twenty-Year Old On Death Row After “Confessing” on Promise of Freedom Death Sentence for Posting “Anti-Islamic” Content on Social Media Sina Dehghan was just 19-years-old when the Revolutionary Guards told him, while they were interrogating him, that if he confessed to the charge of “insulting” the Prophet Mohammad and signed a letter of repentance, he would be set free. Now he’s on death row while being […]... read more