Police pull the plug on Tehran cybercafes

Hundreds of cybercafes in Tehran have been closed down following a crackdown on Internet use by authorities. According to pro-reform newspaper, Hambastigi, over 400 Internet cafes have been closed down by Police.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  May 14, 2001

Hundreds of cybercafes in Tehran have been closed down following a crackdown on Internet use by authorities. According to pro-reform newspaper, Hambastigi, over 400 Internet cafes have been closed down by Police.

Café owners are reportedly being told that they must acquire permits for their cafes and for Internet usage, as well as registering with the trade union for computer and business-machine operators.

“They simply want to cut our phone links to the Internet,” one café owner quoted only as Reza said.

The owner went on to blame the state run telephone company for the crackdown, saying it was trying to monopolise Iran’s Internet business. “It’s the phone company behind this because they don’t want people to come here anymore and be able to connect and talk abroad for hours,” added Reza.

The cybercafe clampdown could also result in over 5000 job losses.

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