Iranian reformist protestors Tweet on despite the government

16Jun09

Iran policeoriginally published: 15th June 2009

Amid the confusion and accusations of Iran’s election, the people of Iran are using technology to coordinate protests and voice their anger, despite the government’s attempts to block their efforts.

The first sign that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government wasn’t going to tolerate free-speech challenges to its position in power came in the run-up to the election, Facebook access inside the country was blocked. But in the unrest following Ahmadinejad’s claimed victory, Facebook, which was run from a dorm room just five years ago, remains blocked.

Twitter has been blocked too, and unsympathetic Web sites are being barred. There are also indications that some cellphone networks are being interfered with, presumably under authority of the government, with text messaging apparently blocked across the country.

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