"Maybe in five years we will laugh at today's actions." These are words of Iranian culture minister,
Jannati who is the son of powerful secretary of the conservative
The moderate minister is also against the bans on social networks including Facebook and Twitter.
The number of Internet users in
Several of world's most popular networks, such as Twitter and Facebook are banned in
The Iranian authorities banned
Later in September, Iranian president
Some other ministers of Rouhani are also active users of social networks.
While senior officials of the Rouhani`s administration insist that membership in social networks is not a criminal act and defend lifting the ban against them, Iranian conservatives are uneasy about their comments.
Taheri said the administration should consult with the parliament's cultural commission regarding the famous social media site issue.
In fact, many conservatives in
"Spies and traitors can even transfer information via the website" according to the grand ayatollah's fatwa.
In past years some Iranian citizens had been charged with spying, using the internet and social networks.
Cooperation with Western news networks, designing and updating websites, educating citizen reporters and cooperation with opposition websites were among the charges being brought against the arrested activists.
The secretary of the Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content,
The following day, commander of the
"The police are present on the Internet and are monitoring web sites such as Facebook, Instagram, WeChat, etc." he added.
While several members of Rouhani`s administration are using
The keyword is "the Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content."
The issue could be discussed in the Committee which is headed by the conservative politician and prosecutor general of
?Maybe softening filtering policies is not a priority for pragmatic Rouhani compared to economic and foreign policy topics, but it is clear that he would face big challenges in his human right programs.
He made promises to the Iranian peoples on easing the political atmosphere and free information transfer during his presidency campaign, and his supporters await action.
Because Rouhani had to create balance among his reformist supporters and powerful conservative bodies in the Iranian administration, he tries to pursue the disputed issues such as Facebook ban quietly, which is a political tradition among pragmatic Iranian politicians.
But time is passing quickly and Rouhani should take practical steps, and maybe even in less than five years the administration "will laugh at today's bans."
Edited by C.N.
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