It isn’t unusual for state authorities to target individuals for online dissent.Last December, a handful of Iranians in the fashion industry were prosecuted for posting pictures on social networking sites such as Instagram, which officials argued promoted “Western culture.”In January, officials in Iran’s Hormozgan Province shut down around 80 Telegram channels and arrested 32 people managing those channels, according to Iran’s semi-official ISNA channel, accusing them of “spreading lies, disturbing public order, creating fear and promoting immoral and anti-cultural material.”And in February, Iran’s conservative Fars News Agency reported that authorities detained several administrators of Telegram channels. from Tehran a few months ago, said she and her colleagues scour popular Iranian Telegram channels to make sure comments they made on Facebook or Twitter have not been republished there by channel administrators.“My friends in Iran, when they see their tweets republished in these popular channels that talk about politics, they worry.But leading up to Iran’s presidential election in May, Telegram is now seen by some as a force that’s stifling political speech.That’s because in recent months Iranian security and intelligence agencies have begun arresting Telegram users and now require those who run popular Telegram channels to apply for permits — disclosing their identities.Those who run channels have had a level of anonymity on the service.But in December, the Supreme Council of Cyberspace, Iran’s main agency tasked with Internet policy, established laws ordering the operators of Telegram channels inside the country with more than 5,000 followers to obtain a permit from Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance by the end of February or face prosecution. With approximately 20 million Iranian users, it’s the most widely used messaging app in the country.
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