The Iranian Regime is increasingly cracking down on its citizens’ ability to access information online.  The Green Revolution in 2009 galvanized the people to organize themselves and illustrated how the Iranian people expect to communicate and engage with each other: through social media websites, blogs, and other online platforms.

But the Iranian government is limiting freedom of expression over the Internet. According to Reporters Without Borders, Iran is currently one of the leading jailers of web-activists, and frequently finds itself on their list of “Internet Enemies”.

Over the last several months, the regime has taken aggressive steps towards censoring the Internet and has approached Iranian companies and universities to submit proposals to help in this effort. Iran180 has highlighted the stories of several web developers and bloggers who have been targeted by the regime, many of whom are facing the death penalty. Additionally we have compiled numerous reports by leading international organizations on this ongoing crisis.

Victims of Abuse
Saeed Malekpour (Computer Programmer)
Ahmadreza Hashempour (Information Technology Professional)
Vahid Asghari (Web Developer)
Roozbeh Mirebrahimi (Journalist and blogger)
Omid Memarian (Journalist and blogger)
Arash Sigarchi (Journalist and blogger)

Read the actual Request For Information (RFI) from the Regime asking organizations to offer ideas and pilot projects for “purifying” the Internet:

Request For Information From Companies, Organizations, and Universities Active In the Field:

Radio Free Europe – Iran Asks for Help To ‘Purify’ Internet


Amnesty International – Iran: Election Contested, Repression Compounded

Amnesty International – Iran: ‘We are ordered to crush you’: Expanding repression of Dissent in Iran

Freedom House – Freedom on the Net 2011 (Iran)

Human Rights Watch -False Freedom: Online Censorship in the Middle East and North Africa (Iran, pp. 42-64)

Reporters Without Borders - Enemies of the Internet Report 2012

Iranian Human Rights Documentation Center -Ctrl+Alt+Delete: Iran’s Response to the Internet

Iranian Human Rights Documentation Center -Forced Confessions: Targeting Iran’s Cyber-Journalists

U.S. Department of State - Iran 2010 Country Report on Human Rights Practices

Article 19 - Islamic Republic of Iran: Computer Crimes Law

Open Net Initiative - In the Name of God: Faith-based internet Censorship in Majority Muslim Countries

Open Net Initiative - Internet Filtering in Iran