In one of his last tweets, Iran President Hassan Rouhani wrote that his Government is unhappy about the current Internet speed situation. Because of this, he announced the intention to work actively in order to modify the situation, for users at home, office and mobile. Even considering these words, another time it’s impossible to understand if this is a real commitment, or another charm diplomacy propaganda.
In fact, just few days before Rouhani’s tweet, Iran’s Cyber Police (FATA) chief Kamal Hadianfar attacked Internet users and defended regime’s censorship. In his accusation, published on Mehr News, Kamal Hadianfar criticized Iranian users of Virtual Private Networks (VPN), which represent the only way to circumvent strict state censorship and obtain decent access to Internet line. Therefore, Hadianfar added that Iran Parliament is ready to approve a new special law against “online crimes”.
Human right activists said that, for the moment, Hadianfar did not provide details on the scope of the bill. It is not clear what kind of VPN activity would be deemed criminal, since it is widely used by private individuals, government offices, and businesses, including banks. In any case, no matter which kind of bill will be approved, Iranian civil society will lose again its battle for freedom.