Iran: Behind the Electronic Curtain

In his March 20 Nowruz message to the Iranian people, President Obama said “the United States will continue to draw attention to the electronic curtain that is cutting the Iranian people off from the world. And we hope that others will join us in advancing a basic freedom for the Iranian people: the freedom to connect with one another, and with their fellow human beings.” Please watch an animated video highlighting how the Electronic Curtain isolates the Iranian people from the world.

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When ideas are blocked, information deleted, conversations stifled, and people constrained in their choices, the internet is diminished for all of us.

- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Despite growing international consensus and a resounding condemnation of the Iranian government’s actions, the [Iranian] regime continues to turn a deaf ear to the aspirations of its own citizens.

- Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael H. Posner
(see full remarks)




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On Nowruz, President Obama Speaks to the Iranian People 

March 19, 2012

“Because of the actions of the Iranian regime, an electronic curtain has fallen around Iran – a barrier that stops the free flow of information and ideas into the country, and denies the rest of the world the benefit of interacting with the Iranian people, who have so much to offer.”

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