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Text Messages With Name Of Ahmadinejad Aide Blocked/Unblocked In Iran

Many believe that  Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei (left) is Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's (right) preferred choice as his successor.
Many believe that Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei (left) is Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's (right) preferred choice as his successor.
The Iran News Network website, which is affiliated with the country’s government, reported on April 5 that SMS messages containing the last name of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s top aide, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, were blocked in Iran.

The filtering was reportedly removed several hours after the story was published.

The website reported that those who sent text messages containing the word “Mashaei” received a message confirming that their text was delivered. However those messages reportedly never went through.

It is not clear which organ was behind the move. Many believe Mashaei, whose daughter is married to Ahmadinejad’s son, is being groomed by the Iranian president as his potential successor.  

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Filtered content often indicates what is considered a “sensitive” issue in the Islamic republic.

Last year, when the Iranian rial fell to its lowest value in two decades, news sources reported that all text messages containing the word "dollar" in Persian were blocked. Mobile phone companies had said that they were not filtering the text messages.

The blocking of text messages was confirmed last year by lawmaker Ali Akbar Olia, who admitted that sending text messages containing specific words can be problematic.

"I don’t want to call it censorship, but sometimes some words result in text messages not going through," he said.

Iran News Network says officials should explain to the public why Mashaei's name was filtered.

Earlier this year, some news websites reported that text messages containing the slogan “Viva Spring” had been filtered in Iran.

“Viva Spring” or “Long Live Spring” is believed to be a campaign slogan for the controversial Mashaei, who has angered many hard-liners by emphasizing the importance of an Iranian doctrine instead of an Islamic one.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari 
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by: Anonymous
April 07, 2013 18:44
might be true, might not be true.

somehow though it seems very ridiculous to filter specific messages according to certain words.

there are too many possibilities to circumvent such a move with not much creativity.

hard to believe that someone could be that naive as to try to impede specific messages.
the recipient would know, tell, communicate, the source would then know and react accordingly.
anyway, then you might just call, shorten the words, meet the people, whatever...
so, basically, this whole idea seems highly unlikely.


by the way. dear radio liberty!

is it true that the last marja-e-taqlid Husain Borujerdi said in 1953 'we, the clergy, should create an islamic state? we would be hundred times more violaters of rights than the criminals that aree currently in power!' (translation)

could you provide some data about the links and conflicts between hizbollah and iran (fadlallah - khamenei (no marja, etc.).

thank you in advance for your research and for an upcoming article.

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