Hassan Rohani tells youth magazine that internet filtering is ‘futile’, according to remarks carried and translated by The Guardian, also says he opposes gender segregation.
Iran’s incoming president Hassan Rohani seems to be toeing a softer line on censorship in the Islamic Republic, telling a popular youth magazine that was opposed to the crackdown that characterized his predecessor’s government.
“In the age of digital revolution, one cannot live or govern in a quarantine,” Rohani told the Chelcheragh, according to a translation carried by The Guardian.
He also told the magazine that he welcomed social networking sites such as Facebook, believed internet filtering was futile, and that he was opposed to gender segregation.
“There are political reasons. They have fears of the freedom people have in online atmosphere, this is why they seek to restrict information. But filtering is incapable of producing any [useful] results,” he said, according to The Guardian.