Iran News Round Up February 22, 2012

A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by Ali Alfoneh, Ahmad Majidyar and Michael Rubin.  To receive this daily newsletter, please subscribe online.
 
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  • News stories concerning filtering of Gmail and Yahoo Mail in Iran:
    • Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam, Law Enforcement commander: "We believe that connectivity with abroad should only be on the basis of necessity." 
    • Khabar Online criticizes the filtering and demands an explanation from the authorities. 
    • Alef News editorializes: "Connecting and disconnecting the Internet every minute and hour is getting on people’s nerves. There is not even a firm decision so that the people can plan accordingly... It seems as if the government is not the only responsible authority for the destruction of the Internet..., but no clear explanation has been provided in this regard from anyone. One may be able to persuade the public that the Internet is nothing but an instrument of the espionage without any scientific, professional, research or business utility, but when no explanation is given to the public, the only thing which remains is spread of dissatisfaction, which serves the enemy." 

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