Iran May Block Internet on Election Day

Iran’s government might block private access to the Internet on its election day, March 14, two Iranian news outlets reported Monday.But the two accounts appeared to differ on the rationale.”Shutting down the Internet service will depend on security plans and on the Ministry of Telecommunication,” said Mostafa Pourmohammadi, the interior minister, according to the daily newspaper Etemad Melli.At the same time, a senior election official, Mohammad Javad Mahmoudi, said a shutdown would help ensure that the government had unimpeded Internet service for the election, even though the government’s Internet lines had been upgraded, according to the news agency ISNA.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/world/middleeast/04iran.html

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