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The Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran restored access to Facebook Tuesday, after a block on the social networking Web site last week generated accusations that the government was trying to muzzle one of the main presidential campaign tools of the reformist opposition.
Facebook was cut off Saturday, depriving challengers to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of a critical means of reaching out for the youth vote in the June 12 election.
The main pro-reform candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, is seeking a strong turnout from young voters and has used Facebook to try to mobilize support.
Press freedom has been a key political and social issue in Iran during the 12 years that Mohammad Khatami and then Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have been president. The hopes raised by the election of Khatami, a moderate, in August 1997 were quickly dashed. His conservative opponents retained control of the courts and security apparatus. The offensive against the media was stepped up in a campaign orchestrated by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader.
Originally posted by Styki
Well this move certainly looks better than keeping up the block. I think blogger has a vary motivated community but if your not into blogging then it's not going to effect you. I also think that if you are around a lot of people who feel strongly about something then it is easy to see it as bigger than what it really is. On the other hand, if you don't do something and are not associated with anyone who is it would be easy to underestimate something.
Iran blocking of facebook has had a lot of MSM coverage. One thing that I will say is that technology is changing the world, as we go along it will only effect it more faster.
Originally posted by PammyK
I just read this article on the internet. For shi _ _ and giggles I typed Mousavi's name on friend search in Facebook and came up empty. Any thoughts?