Recently, the United States put sanctions against the communications minister of Iran. The United States blamed that the minister was responsible for internet censorship across the country. The recent consent came after a five days internet blackout in the country. The government shut down the internet connectivity due to the large scale protests in different parts of the country after it hikes the fuel price.
The reaction from the communications minister, Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi, has not received yet. After the Friday sanction, the minister would lose all his property comes under the jurisdiction of the United States.
Reasoning from Iran
The officials of Iran revealed that the blockage of the internet helps the country to stabilize. The protesters were not able to post videos and photos on social media sites; as a result, they could not be able to generate extra supports from outside. The internet blockage prevented any mass rally in the prime locations. But, Amnesty International recently revealed that more than 100 protesters were killed during the demonstrations.
In his statement, Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary of the United States, claimed that an open internet might expose the illegitimacy of the Iranian government; as a result, they decide to censor the internet throughout the country. He further revealed the sanction against the Information and Communications Technology minister for blocking the internet, which includes a popular social media and messaging site.
Revolutionary Guard of Iran arrested around 100 leaders leading the protests in different places, Gholamhossein Esmaili- the spokesperson from Iran’s judiciary revealed.
Many people were arrested, who were only participated in the protests. The government decides to release them as they did not damage any public property, the spokesperson revealed. Those who created insecurity among the federal and responsible for damaging public property will face severe punishment by the Iranian Court, the chief judiciary- Ebrahimi Raisi revealed.
Currently, the country is peaceful, confirmed a news channel.