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United States blacklists Iranian officials, entities blamed for censorship

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 8 November 2012
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November 08, 2012

By RFE/RL

Iranian Minister of Communication and Information Technology Reza TaghipourIranian Minister of Communication and Information Technology Reza Taghipour

The U.S. State Department has imposed sanctions against four Iranian officials and five government bodies that Washington accuses of involvement in censorship activities, including blocking Iranians' access to the Internet.

The U.S. administration said on November 8 that the four sanctioned individuals include the Islamic republic's Minister of Communication and Information Technology Reza Taghipour, who has been accused being responsible for ordering the jamming of satellite television broadcasts and restricting Internet connectivity.

State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland said the sanctions underscore the administration's commitment to hold Iranian government officials and entities responsible for abuses carried out against ordinary Iranians.

The U.S. Treasury also announced sanctions against several other Iranian individuals and entities for what the Obama administration describes as their role in human rights abuses, support for terrorism and activities pertaining to weapons proliferation.

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