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Iran’s Khamenei bans online chatting between unrelated men and women



The Facebook account of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. While Iranian authorities ban people from using Twitter and Facebook, many Iranian officials have active accounts on these social media websites. (Al Arabiya)


Staff writer, Al Arabiya News
Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a religious edict (fatwa) banning online chatting between unrelated men and women, Iranian media reported on Monday, quoting Khamenei’s website: www.khamenei.ir.
The ruling came in response to a question sent to the supreme leader on his Website. His answer was: “Given the immorality that often applies to this, it is not permitted.”

The ruling came days after Iranian authorities blocked WeChat, a popular messaging app that enables smart phone users to access online social networks.

The authorities in Tehran are sensitive to social media and have blocked access to many social networking websites, including Facebook and Twitter, used by activists to stage protests after the 2009 controversial presidential vote.
But many Iranian internet users are relying on proxies to circumvent the government censorship.

Ironically, many Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rowhani, have active Facebook and Twitter accounts.
President Rowhani, who has 163,000 followers on Twitter, has pledged to ease state “policing” of people’s private lives.
In November 2013 Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Ali Jannati said told the state news agency IRNA that the government should allow access to social-networking websites including Twitter and Facebook,

“Not only Facebook, but other social networks should be accessible and the illegal qualification should be removed,” Jannati said.

Last Update: Wednesday, 8 January 2014 KSA 12:38 - GMT 09:38

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Re: Iran’s Khamenei bans online chatting between unrelated men and women
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2014, 16:51:23 PM »
Bwahaha haha haha *loud laughters* on fb it's full of Muslims Shia and Sunni trying to chat with men/women and I've personally noticed this attitude increases in countries where the 2sexes are kept more separated.
One can just create a fake account to avoid the ban or can use a proxy not to be identified!

We are humans and as such we tend to build relations with the opposite sex too.
Banning chats worths nothing.

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Iran: Ali Khamenei bans chatting between unrelated men and women
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2014, 16:58:11 PM »
Here is the same info from another source :

Iran: Ali Khamenei bans chatting between unrelated men and women
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The Iranian regime's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has issued a religious decree banning online chatting between unrelated men and women on Monday.

The ruling was published on his Website when he responded to question saying that: "Given the immorality that often applies to this, it is not permitted."

The ruling came days after the Iranian regime has blocked WeChat.
The authorities in Tehran are sensitive to social media and have blocked access to many social networking websites, including Facebook and Twitter.

Ironically, many Iranian regime's officials, including President Hassan Rowhani, have active Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Recently, an Iranian regime official declared Facebook as the “enemy” of the regime, and a cause of “public disorder” which with "hundreds of millions of pages of criminal content" is a threat for the regime's "national security."

In an interview with state-run Fars news agency on Sunday, December 8, a government official claimed that one of the problems about Facebook is that it has turned into a tool to support the dissidents in Iran.

Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, official from the board overseeing Internet in Iran, added that the Facebook was used for the “overthrow” of the regime in 2009.
The moral and security police chief also reported of hard controls over all social websites including Instagram and WeChat.

He said that the security forces are present in the virtual world of internet and monitor websites such as Facebook, Instagram and WeChat.



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Re: Iran’s Khamenei bans online chatting between unrelated men and women
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2014, 17:02:54 PM »
and another one published by an israeli news group :

Khamenei Bans Chatting Between Unrelated Men and Women

Iran’s Supreme Leader bans online chatting between unrelated men and women as Iran's Foreign Minister praises "Iranian democracy."
 
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 1/7/2014, 6:42 AM


Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a fatwa (religious edict) banning online chatting between unrelated men and women, Iranian media reported on Monday, according to Al Arabiya.

Ironically, Khamenei’s ruling came a day after Iran’s Foreign Minister touted his country as a “model for democracy” in the region.

“Given the immorality that often applies to this, it is not permitted,” the Supreme Leader responded to a question posted to his website on the issue.

The ruling came days after Iranian authorities blocked WeChat, a popular messaging application that enables smart phone users to access online social networks.

The authorities in Tehran are sensitive to social media and have blocked access to many social networking websites, including Facebook and Twitter, used by activists to stage protests after the 2009 controversial presidential vote. Iranians deemed to be “assisting anti-government websites” are arrested on a regular basis.

Many Iranian internet users are relying on proxies to circumvent the government censorship.

Ironically, many Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, have active Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Rouhani has expressed openness to revamp the rules regarding the country’s long-time policy of censorship.

In a speech he delivered a month before being sworn in, Rouhani said that a strong government does not “limit the lives of the people.”

In October, Iran’s Culture Minister Ali Janati said that his department will review a ban imposed on certain books which censors have barred from publication.
Yet, despite the censorship, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic was “a successful model which has seen successive administrations with different political views,” according to the local Tasnim news agency.

Zarif, who spoke with the Chairman of the Italian Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, praised Iran’s capability to represent a “successful model” of democracy in the Middle East, saying the region has drawn inspiration from Iran and the model of governance it has offered.

“Iran can play a significant role in the region,” Zarif said, according toTasnim.
“Extremist measures and attitudes would not yield results,” the Iranian minister underlined.


http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/176009#.Us12KtJ*