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February 21, 2017

Briefing: Tracking Twitter’s Growing Popularity in Iran

Briefing: 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
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
September 9, 2016

Iranian Judiciary Must Stop Punishing Media for Reporting Officials’ Corruption

Iranian Judiciary Must Stop Punishing Media for Reporting Officials’ Corruption September 9, 2016—Iran’s Judiciary must halt the prosecution of media outlets which carried out their journalist duty in publishing reports on alleged corruption in the Tehran Municipality and City Council, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in a statement today. Unless they are found guilty of a crime in court, the websites […]... read more
August 31, 2016

Hackers Exploit Android Phone Security Flaw to Target Activists

Hackers Exploit Android Phone Security Flaw to Target Activists Suspected state-sponsored hackers have intensified their attempts to break into the online accounts of Iranian rights activists in recent weeks by exploiting security vulnerabilities in Android smartphones, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned.  On August 11, 2016 an unknown person sent a message on Facebook to a prominent Iranian political activist […]... read more
August 22, 2016

Prominent Labor Activist’s Wife Awaits Verdict for Alleged Facebook Post

Prominent Labor Activist’s Wife Awaits Verdict for Alleged Facebook Post Najibeh Salehzadeh was never shown the “evidence” Najibeh Salehzadeh, who says she was falsely charged for posting “insulting” material on Facebook, is awaiting a verdict following her trial at Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in the city of Saqqez in Iran’s Kurdistan Province. “On Monday [August 15] my son and I went to the […]... read more
August 16, 2016

Android Phone Users in Iran Face New Threat by Hackers

Android Phone Users in Iran Face New Threat by Hackers Popular Telegram App Remains Main Target Hackers posing as friends are using phone numbers based in the UK to contact civil rights and political activists in Iran to gain access to their email and social media accounts, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. When the targets don’t recognize the “old friend,” […]... read more
August 12, 2016

Man Imprisoned for Facebook Posts Seeks Reduced Sentence

Man Imprisoned for Facebook Posts Seeks Reduced Sentence Soheil Arabi, whose death sentence for “insulting the prophet” was struck down by Iran’s Supreme Court in 2015 but remains imprisoned for posting comments critical of the Islamic Republic on social media, is seeking a reduced prison term. A source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that although the death sentence against […]... read more
July 25, 2016

Real Target of Tehran’s Demand for Apple to Open Office in Iran is US Sanctions

Real Target of Tehran’s Demand for Apple to Open Office in Iran is US Sanctions Tehran’s recent ultimatum to Apple, the US tech giant, to open up an office in Iran or face a ban on Apple products in the country, was presented as a bid to end the loss of tax revenue from millions of iPhones smuggled into Iran, but its real goal is to break through the wall […]... read more