Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Same BS, Different Country

Right before the Tiananmen anniversary, the Chinese Communist government blocked access to a lot of Internet sites, including Twitter. Now the same thing is happening in Iran where there is a lot of protests against vote fraud during last week's election.


Iranians warned not to use sites such as Twitter

Iranians who have been using websites such as Twitter to record every twist and turn of the political crisis faced the threat of state retribution yesterday from the country's feared Revolutionary Guard.

The elite military force issued a statement alleging it had identifed websites run by companies it charged were backed by the US and British secret services.

It warned that it would take action against people stoking "tensions" using new media, such as the micro-blogging website Twitter, which has been a key tool in the dissemination of news at a time of upheaval and censorship.

The Revolutionary Guard, set up in the wake of the 1979 revolution to defend the Islamic Republic from "internal and external" threats has struggled to contain an explosion of news and comment published on websites.

"We warn those who propagate riots and spread rumours that our legal action against them will cost them dearly, especially since some of the youth of this land were killed by the thugs' action, so we urge them to delete such material from their sites," its statement said.

It's quite easy to spot the dictatorships and political thugs. They're always the ones trying to restrict journalists and media reporting.

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