Iran’s Minister of Justice Mostafa Pourmohammadi who was speaking on Wednesday, said that he will consider the Islamic Sharia in setting regulations to check the content of internet allowed to users inside the country.
His statements come a few days after Iran’s second senior member of the Judiciary Branch in a letter warned the Ministry of Communication and IT to block social applications such as Whatsapp, Tango, and Viber, giving the governmental organization a one-month deadline to do so.
Judiciary First Deputy Qolamhossein Mohseni Ejei had in the statement asserted "In keeping with the command of the Head of the Judiciary ayatollah Amoli, appropriate measures must be taken within one month to lay the technical ground for effectively blocking and controlling the information on social networks with criminal content.”
Else, the Judiciary will do its intrinsic duty in blocking the aforementioned networks and will take legal action against those who have violated the commands of the judiciary, whatever rank they may be, he had added.
"We will use all the tools and techniques to contribute to the country’s progress,” Pourmohammadi stated when asked what has been done for internet censorship_ much favored by the country’s more conservative leaders_ adding "We have to take care that we use every tool and do not allow values to be wiped away.”
Cyberspace is so vast. Regarding censorship, we will observe what Sharia rules have maintained and will consider beliefs, ideals, national solidarity, and the tenets of the system, the justice minister added.