MOUSAVI URGENTLY HOSPITALIZED. IRAN’S REGIME BANS ACCESS TO WHATSAPP

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Sources: Kalame.com ; Trend.az

Kalame website, reports that opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi was urgently taken to the hospital. Despite repeated requests in the past few months by Mousavi’s doctors for the need to treat the opposition leader’s heart condition, security forces have continued to deny him medical treatment and kept his family in the dark with regards to his medical records. According to Mousavi’s physicians he has been in need of an angiography for months. Mousavi’s blood pressure has also been fluctuating and he is suffering from kidney problemsHis family has reiterated that the opposition leader did not suffer from a heart condition, nor any symptoms such as blood pressure fluctuations and dizziness prior to his illegal house arrest. As a result, the continued delay by security forces to afford Mir Hossein Mousavi medical attention and in particular to ensure that he receives immediate treatment in relation to his cardiac problems, continues to be of grave concern to the family.

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In the meantime, the regime announces new actions in order to block possible protests of the opposition. Iran has banned access to WhatsApp messenger application in the country. The decision was announced by the Secretary of the Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content, Abdolsamad Khorramabadi. While responding to a question about the reasons behind the ban, Khorramabadi denied to unveil further details, saying the Information and Communications Technology Ministry should issue a response to that. The official also said that the committee has not made decision yet on filtering other smart phone network applications such as Viber, Tango and Instagram. Maybe in the future the committee will look into blocking the applications, he added. Iran already made decision to block access to another social network application WeChat last December. The Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content which is headed by the prosecutor general of Iran, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei was established in 2009. The committee has 13 members including 6 ministers from Iranian president Hassan Rouhani`s cabinet. Several of world’s most popular networks, such as Twitter and Facebook are banned in Iran, while users are still able to access them via proxies. For the geeks uninitiated in the world of computer, a proxy allows bypassing ‘gates’ meant to block certain sites. The Iranian authorities banned Facebook and Twitter in summer 2009 when ex-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election victory sparked off massive protests that gained momentum with the help of organizers using social media.

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