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Iran: Over 1200 Citizens Arrested in Tehran in 8 Months for Using Cyberspace

NCRI – Iran regime’s police chief in Tehran announced that the capital city’s cyber-police have arrested over 1200 people in Tehran in the first 8 months of the year on charges related to cyberspace and social media activity.

According to state-run ISNA news agency, Tehran’s Police chief, Hossein Sajedi-Nia, described the repressive measures and performance of Tehran’s cyber-police in the first 8 months of the year and said: “Dealing with violations and crimes in cyberspace is one of the priorities of police in Tehran, and in this regard, officers of Fata Police (cyber-police) monitor and observe cyberspace and social media activities, deal with the crimes and violations, and address the complaints.”

Announcing that more than 1200 cyberspace activists were arrested in 8 months, Sajedi-Nia said: “In the first 8 months of the year, 986 men and 298 women accused of committing cyberspace violation were identified and arrested by Tehran’s Fata Police.”

The police chief then expressed Iranian regime’s fear of cyberspace and social media under existing threat and damages of cyberspace and said: “Cyberspace is a very extensive and complex world that easily puts untrained users into trouble, and if the user does not have a certain goal, he (or she) would perhaps fall into the trap of deviation and abuse by opportunistic people.”

It should be noted that the approach by millions of young Iranians towards internet and turning to cyberspace and social media to exchange information freely has extremely terrified the regime, and despite Iranian regime’s pleas and requests from the public to refuse using cyberspace, and despite implementing censorship and filtering as well as threatening and arresting people for their cyberspace activities, more and more people, especially informed young people, are using cyberspace.

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