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Telegram in Iran on verge of being Blocked

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The popular messaging app Telegram is seemingly drawing its last breaths in Iran as a number of reports indicate its likely imminent blocking. Telegram has more than 40 million users in Iran and is widely believed […]

Is Iranian state TV’s Monopoly at Risk?

By Rohollah Faghihi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), Iran’s state TV, has the sole monopoly over domestic radio and television services and is independent of successive Iranian governments. The head of IRIB, who is appointed by […]

Rouhani “pushes back against” Telegram blocking

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Amid fresh reports that the Iranian authorities are planning to block the popular messaging app Telegram, moderate President Hassan Rouhani has declared his opposition to such a move. In a controversial interview on March 31, member […]

Iran’s Conservatives see Twitter as next Battleground

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. When Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif began his tenure in 2013, the American-educated diplomat knew that he would need to bypass many of the traditional media outlets to spread Iran’s message directly on the international […]

New US Sanctions on Iran: Full Details

On Friday, in a coordinated action with the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated one Iranian entity and 10 Iranian individuals under Executive Order (E.O.) 13694, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities,” as amended. The entity and individuals designated engaged in the theft of valuable intellectual property and data from hundreds of U.S. and third-country universities and a media company for private financial gain. “Iran is engaged […]

IRGC Funding for Cinema stirs Debate in Iran

By Zahra Alipour for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “I am a dependent filmmaker. I am a man of the system. … I thank Owj [Arts and Media] Organization. They work hard and deserve the title of ‘The unknown soldiers of Imam Mahdi.’ I […]

Apple blocks App Store in Iran

By John Lee. Apple iPhone users in Iran are no longer able to access the App Store, according to media reports. The Verge reports that while the company doesn’t sell devices or operate the App Store in Iran, Iranians were able to import Apple products from other counties and set them up to access portions […]

FIFF to Launch Digital Encyclopedia on Iranian Cinema

FIFF 2018 to Launch Cicinema, New Digital Encyclopedia on Iranian Cinema The partnership of Fajr International Film Festival is aiming to launch the new website cicinema, The Digital Encyclopedia on Iranian Cinema, concurrent with the start of the 36th edition of FIFF in April. Stating the above, the creator of the website Iraj Taghipour said: […]

BBC appeals to UN over Harassment in Iran

For the first time in its history, the BBC is making an appeal to the United Nations in Geneva to protect the human rights of BBC journalists and their families. This unprecedented move comes in response to years of persecution and harassment by the Iranian authorities, which escalated in 2017. BBC Director General, Tony Hall, […]

The case for Net Neutrality in Iran

By Holly Dagres, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Please see this link,” Iran’s minister of information and communications technology replied on Twitter after an internet freedom activist confronted him about net neutrality. Typically, Iranian government officials would ignore such affronts on […]

New App to Combat Domestic Violence in Iran

A young US-based Kurdish lawyer has created a smartphone application to help victims of domestic violence in Iran. Shadi Sharifi, born in the Kurdistan Province of Iran (known as Rojhelat among Kurds) created the app having met numerous victims of domestic violence when she practiced law in Iran. Toranj, available free for Android, makes it […]

Surge in Downloads of Canadian VPN Tools

By John Lee. The Globe and Mail reports that recent protests in Iran are giving a boost to two Canadian companies offering virtual private networks (VPNs) and other software that can circumvent government censorship and surveillance. Ryan Dochuk, head of Toronto’s TunnelBear, said that the company’s software is being downloaded “en masse” in Iran. Another […]

Internet Censorship a Double-Edged Sword for Tehran

By Maysam Bizaer for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Everything stopped suddenly. We are literally out of work now,” Alireza, a 24-year-old university student living in Tehran, told Al-Monitor. He is among many Iranian online entrepreneurs who have suffered major financial losses in recent […]

Video: Iran Unblocks Telegram Messaging App

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s government has unblocked the popular social media app, Telegram. Activists had used it to share videos of anti-government protests not shown on state media. The government criticised the company for not filtering […]

IRGC Media Producers open New Front against Rouhani

By Dr. Narges Bajoghli for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. In a style typical of state television, a young interviewer stands on a sidewalk in a busy area and asks passersby their opinions about the recent outpouring of protests across Iran. A man […]

Media Workers warn of “Death of Independent Journalism”

By Zahra Alipour for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Working as a professional journalist is subject to obtaining a journalist’s license from the Media Governance Organization [MGO] of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” This sentence is part of Article 52 of the [MGO] Bill, […]

Israeli Tech puts Iranian Startups in Bind

By Bijan Khajehpour, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Israeli tech puts Iranian ride-hailing startups in bind Iran’s recent decision to once again block Waze, a mobile navigation app developed in Israel, has created a great deal of controversy in the country. The […]

Inside the world of Social Media Advertising in Iran

By Holly Dagres, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Fatemeh sits in the driver’s seat of the car with a PlayStation 4 on her lap. “Happy Birthday,” she shouts at her husband as he hops in the car. Mohamaad is ecstatic and asks […]

BBC Complains to UN on behalf of Persian Staff

The BBC has filed an urgent complaint to David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, on behalf of the staff of its BBC Persian service. The urgent complaint has also been sent to Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, […]

Iranian Sites Come Under Hacking Attacks

A number of Iranian websites came under a cyber-attack on Monday night, Iran’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi confirmed. A group of hackers tried to target a number of Iranian sites last night in a defacement attack, Azari Jahromi said on Tuesday. He added that the attacks were foiled by […]