It’s irony at it’s finest.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s fatwa on the illegality of using antifiltering tools on the internet was automatically blocked from the country’s web soon after being published because it contained the word “antifiltering”, Golnaz Esfandiari of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports.
Khamenei was the one who approved of Iran’s internet censorship scheme in the first place.
“The filtering of a [religious] order is so ugly for the executive [branch] that it can bring into question the whole philosophy of filtering,” conservative website Tabnak.ir wrote.
Khamenei, who has the final say in all state matters in the Islamic republic, issued the ruling after being asked about the religious law on journalists visiting inaccessible websites by Mehr news agency.
In his response, Khameni wrote: “In general, the use of antifiltering software is subject to the laws and regulations of the Islamic republic, and it is not permissible to violate the law.”
Iran has one of the toughest online censorship policies in the world. Many Iranians use proxies and antifiltering software to access sites deemed immoral or against national interests.
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