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A way forward for Iran 16 Sep 2019
By John L. Chapman

A way forward for Iran

In a recent series of interviews from Tehran that included a detailed conversation with Iran’s world-beating Foreign Minister and JCPOA architect Javad Zarif, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt had his most telling moment with Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi, the Rouhani government’s 37-year old Minister of Information and Communications Technology (Minister Jahromi is the first Iranian government executive born after the 1979 Revolution). While discussing his belief in the power of social media and his own prolific use of Twitter, the millennial Mr. Jahromi admitted to Holt that the Tehran government was not as effective with modern communications or messaging as it needed to be in the interconnected 24/7 world, due to needless restrictions on the new-era social apps.

Iran’s judiciary announces total ban on Telegram 01 May 2018

Iran’s judiciary announces total ban on Telegram

 Iran’s judiciary has issued an order banning Telegram completely, citing citizens’ complaints and illegal activities of the Telegram against the country’s national security for the ban. The judiciary announced on Monday afternoon that it has decided to ban using telegram on the demand of security organizations as well as various complaints made by Iranian citizens against […]

Iran starts restricting Telegram messenger 28 Apr 2018

Iran starts restricting Telegram messenger

TEHRAN – In an official statement released by the Iran’s Supreme National Cyberspace Council, the local content delivery network (CDN) servers, which host Telegram content, are being shut down in the country. According to the statement, swapping images and videos via the service is no longer permitted. Telecoms officials said that Telegram’s license to site […]

Govt. offices banned from using foreign social messaging services 19 Apr 2018

Govt. offices banned from using foreign social messaging services

Iranian President’s Office has issued an order banning the government offices from using dominant foreign messengers such as Telegram. According to Reza Javaheri from Iran’s President’s Office, all the government offices and institutions are banned from using social messaging services like Telegram. Earlier this month, Iranian officials had announced that Telegram would be blocked at the end […]

Russian regulator requests blocking of Telegram 07 Apr 2018

Russian regulator requests blocking of Telegram

Russia’s telecommunications regulator has asked a Moscow court to order the blocking of messaging application Telegram in the country. The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media, known in brief as Roskomnadzor, said it had filed a lawsuit against the Telegram free instant messaging application after the corporation failed in due […]

Telegram bars Iranians from buying Gram cryptocurrency over sanctions 17 Mar 2018

Telegram bars Iranians from buying Gram cryptocurrency over sanctions

People who are on the sanctions list of the US, UK, European Union or United Nations, including Iran, will not be allowed to take part in Telegram Open Network initial coin offerings (ICOs) and will be forbidden from buying Gram cryptocurrency by the official Telegram group investor agreement, Russian news agency RBC reports. The ban […]

Iran likely to unblock Telegram by Thursday 11 Jan 2018

Iran likely to unblock Telegram by Thursday

TEHRAN – A member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee has said that during a meeting of the committee it was decided that Telegram messaging app would probably be unblocked by Thursday. Abolfazl Hassan Beigi said on Wednesday that Telegram team needs to prevent the app from becoming a platform for acts of […]

Unblocking Telegram in Iran subject to removal of pro-terrorism channels 03 Jan 2018

Unblocking Telegram in Iran subject to removal of pro-terrorism channels

TEHRAN – Minister of Communications and Information Technology (ICT) Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi, said that pro-terrorist media are banned all over the world and Iran will not allow these channels to operate in Iran. “What’s clear is the fact that the good capacity created for developing entrepreneurship, job market, and business was abused by a small […]

Filtered apps suffocate domestic businesses 02 Jan 2018

Filtered apps suffocate domestic businesses

Following the social unrest across Iran, starting on Thursday, the government started blocking access to social networks and messaging apps including Telegram and Instagram, while some controls were also put on Iranians’ access to the Internet. As Information and Communications Technology Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi announced on Monday “the restricted access to social networks […]