By Mahmoud Hakamian
Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, the Iranian regime’s attorney general, said, “The country’s cyberspace will witness a great changes this year.”
As reported by the state-run ISNA news agency, Montazeri didn’t reveal the details of these changes yet claimed that lack of management over internet has produced negative effects.
He also asked state officials to honor their duties about internet, so the judiciary wouldn’t have to intervene on the issue.
The dispute between various institutions of the Iranian regime about how to use the internet has increased in recent years. The regime’s judiciary has demanded on several occasions for filtering or blocking many sites and social networks.
The Iranian regime is afraid of the flow of free information in online channels. It is especially afraid that the people will use social networks that are beyond the regime’s control to organize protests and to communicate with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK). Regime officials have voiced their fear of the influence of the Iranian opposition over cyber space on several occasions.
During the December 2017-January 2018 uprisings, social media networks played an important role in publishing information and news about the protests that erupted in more than 140 cities across Iran.