THE GLORIOUS ISLAMIC Republic of Iran has issued a fatwa on several websites and the blogs of women's rights advocates and journalists critical of the government.
According to the the reformist Etemad Melli newspaper a government committee identified illegal websites to ISPs who by law must block them.
On the hit list were all those who do not adopt the ideas of hard-line Muslim attitudes to women and people who might tell jokes about the Government.
ISPs have been told they have to block access to hundreds of political, human rights and women's sites and weblogs if they are considered anti-islamic. Most of them block sites as easily as coughing.
Among the sites to be closed is Shir Zanan which covers women's sporting events. We don't know why. The government seems worried about sports people showing too much face.
The "One Million Signatures" site, which wants to change the Islamic republic's laws to give more rights to women, has also been blocked.
Iran has one of the largest numbers of boggers in the world. So getting them all is going to be a bit of a trial. µ
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