Iran: new technologies preventing media control
Tehran – New technologies in satellite and internet make it impossible to control the media, recognized Iran’s Minister of Culture, Ali Jannati, calling for a change in approach, reported Sunday the ISNA news agency.
The media control of a technical or geographical point of view has become impossible, Mr. Jannati said. We can not prevent the entry of information in the country.
Mr. Jannati made the statement to police officers, marking once again the will of the government of President Hassan Rouhani Iran to open to the world.
He stressed that one of the best ways to control public opinion is to accompany and not oppose it.
Today, with the development of social networks, there are exchanges of information in both directions and within a particular group (within these networks, Ed) and we can not in any way prevent, he said.
If in the past, we could apply a control putting pressure on the media, today it is no longer possible, he added Janati.
It is illegal to possess equipment to receive satellite TV channels in Iran, but Many Iranians have satellite dishes and receivers to watch the programs of foreign channels, including Persian. The police occasionally raid to capture the satellite equipment.
Mr. Jannati stressed that the technologies developed by the Western countries would allow the next two to three years to receive 2,000 satellite TV channels on mobile phones.
With the new technology, people will no longer satellite dishes that can capture, the minister added.
Since his election in June 2013, President Rohani applies an open policy on freedom, particularly regarding the internet, drawing criticism from conservatives and leaders of the judiciary.
Mr. Jannati explained that the government conducted a Smart Filtering social networks rather than an outright ban as was the case in the past.
The anti-religious and immoral contents are filtered (. ..) This filtering is a successful 90% for network Instagram photo sharing, the minister said, quoted by the IRNA news agency, noting that millions of Iranians used social networks in Iran.
Some networks like Twitter or Facebook, however, remain forbidden, as many political or pornographic sites. But the Iranians are using software to circumvent these prohibitions
(© AFP / May 10, 2015 3:11 p.m.).
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