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Iran ‘jails eight youths for Facebook posts’

14
Jul
2014

A revolutionary court in Iran has jailed eight young people for a total of 127 years for anti-regime posts on Facebook, media reported on Monday. Access to social networks, including Twitter and Facebook, is routinely filtered by Iranian authorities, as are other websites considered un-Islamic or detrimental to the regime. President Hassan Rouhani, a self-declared moderate, has promised greater tolerance on social, cultural and media issues — a vow that helped him defeat conservatives in last years election. In May, eight people were sentenced to jail terms ranging from seven to 20 years for crimes including anti-regime propaganda posted on Facebook, the opposition website Kaleme reported.

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