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Iran Blocks Student, Women's Websites


http://gdb.rferl.org/C6C6463F-C075-4716-9F07-30CC30363A1D_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/C6C6463F-C075-4716-9F07-30CC30363A1D_mw800_mh600.jpg Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad sits amid an audience of women (file photo) (Fars) TEHRAN, November 9, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Several websites have been blocked in Iran over the past 24 hours, Radio Farda reports.


Among them are advarnews.us, which belongs to Iran's main reformist student group, and meydaan.com, which covers women's issues.


Iran has been labeled an enemy of the Internet by the French media watchdog Reporters Without Borders.

Women In Iran

Women in Tehran (epa file photo)

CALLING FOR MORE RIGHTS: Although women played key roles in Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, the place of women in post-revolutionary society has been a vexing question. Iranian women have struggled to bring attention to their calls for greater rights in their country's rigid theocratic system, calls that have often clashed with the values proclaimed by conservatives in society. (more)


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