Iran

79 million people
4,520 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Not Free
Press:
Not Free
Not Free

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Freedom House strongly condemns renewed efforts by Iranian authorities to suppress online freedom of information, and calls on the government of Hassan Rouhani to fulfill its campaign promise of greater social and political freedoms.

Freedom House strongly condemns the recent execution of two Kurdish political prisoners and 16 Baloch prisoners in Iran.

Freedom House featured an interactive map installation at the October 20-22 Google Ideas summit Conflict in a Connected World to show the range of methods used by repressive governments to control online content. The installation highlighted various types of internet censorship, such as filtering, physical attacks, and throttling, used in twelve countries throughout the world.

Freedom House welcomes President Hassan Rouhani’s commitment in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on September 24 “to promote and reinforce tolerance,” and his desire to bring about a “world against violence and extremism.” But Iran must demonstrate this commitment through more than rhetoric.

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Leaping Over the Firewall: A Review of Censorship Circumvention Tools

Internet censorship poses a large and growing challenge to online freedom of expression around the world. Censorship circumvention tools are critical to bypass restrictions on the internet and thereby to protect free expression online.
 
This document provides a comparison among different circumvention tools, both in terms of their technical merits, as well as how users of these tools describe their experience with them. The countries included in this report are Azerbaijan, Burma, China and Iran.

 

Discrimination and Intolerance in Iran's Textbooks

The government of Iran is teaching the country's children to discriminate against women and minorities, to view non-Muslims with suspicion if not contempt, and to perpetuate the regime's theocratic

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