Iran will prosecute SMS calls for protests

2010/01/15

Published on German public television channel ZDF, news program “Heute”, on January 15 2010
Source (German): http://www.heute.de/ZDFheute/inhalt/16/0,3672,8011824,00.html

Police monitors internet and mobile phones

Photo: AP


Who uses sms or e-mail to rally people for opposition protests in Iran from now on faces rigorous punishment. According to the police, mobile networks and internet will be completely monitored from now on.

“These individuals should not reckon that they can conceal their identity”, police chief Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam is quoted by the semi-official news agency ISNA.

Sister of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate released
Since the controversial re-election of president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June, almost all reformist newspapers have been closed, opposition-affiliated websites are blocked. Activists therefore use SMS and e-mails for organizing protests. The mobile network is usually down during demonstrations, however, by then it is often too late to actually prevent calls for participation.

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi meanwhile confirmed that her sister, who had been arrested in the end of December, has been released. “This is the result of the pressure imposed by public opinion”, Ebadi said on Friday in a talk with German radio channel Deutschlandradio Kultur. However, “many, many innocent people are still being detained”, she added.

Arrested by security forces
Noushin Ebadi, a professor for medicine, had been arrested in her house on 28. December and transferred to prison. Her arrest was one of many in the aftermath of the massive rallies of the Iranian opposition on occasion of the festival of Ashura on 27. December.

With material of apn

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