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Iranian entities denying free flow of information designated

Thursday, 7 February 2013

David S. Cohen, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, said that “the US will impose tighter sanctions and intensify the economic pressure against the Iranian regime… We will also target those in Iran who are responsible for human right abuses, especially those who deny the Iranian people their basic freedoms of expression, assembly and speech.” In addition to increasing economic pressure on Iran, the Treasury Department, in consultation with the State Department, designated the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and its director for restricting or denying the free flow of information to or from the Iranian people. The Iranian Cyber Police (FATA Police) was also designated. FATA and other Iranian cyber units filter websites, monitor Internet behavior, and hack e-mail accounts related to political action on the Internet. The cyber units also filter on Facebook and block content on social networking websites that the Iranian government finds objectionable. Also designated was the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) and Iran Electronics Industries (IEI) for their activity to block websites and provide goods and services related to jamming, monitoring and eavesdropping. The Treasury Department underlined that the increased restrictions, however, do not apply to the sale of agricultural commodities, food, medicine, or medical devices to Iran. The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued guidance to make it clear that such humanitarian trade with Iran is neither subject to these sanctions nor to sanctions previously imposed on Iran.


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  • Published: 11 days ago on Thursday, 7 February 2013
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: February 7, 2013 @ 3:47 pm
  • Filed Under: Human Rights
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    • http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1847.aspx; http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13911118001580; http://www.cyberpolice.ir/; http://www.cra.ir/Portal/Home/; http://www.ieimil.ir/; http://www.ieicorp.ir/

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