Speaking at a meeting with digital press activists on Monday evening, Culture Minister Ali Jannati criticized the internet censorship inside Iran and stated that the Ministry of Culture is going to take measures to bring Iranian users’ internet access to a more standard level.
Jannati said "We must talk to the Filtering Examples Committee so that not only Facebook, but most of the social networks are made available.”
He added "After all, Facebook has to do with the Filtering Examples Committee which is not under the direct command of the Ministry of Culture and we have only one representative in the committee. But we must talk to all our friends in the committee.”
"Today information is easily conveyed and we have no choice but to facilitate free access to it. We must tap the circumstances,” he asserted.
The Minister of Culture further said "Neither does censorship prevent access to information nor do preventive measures hinder contact with the global village. Satellites are launched to space through which mobile phones can receive hundreds of TV channels. How can one resist the technology?”
He further concluded that there is no choice but to produce content, adding "As for TV channels things like radio jamming, limiting access to satellite channels, and installing dishes and receivers cannot be of any use. We must think of the solution and progress toward affirmative actions to prevent the use of foreign TVs and digital media by producing attractive, useful content.”