Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi released her review of the human rights situation in Iran for May and June 2013. In this segment Ebadi focuses in particular on freedom of expression and the free flow of information.
Ebadi highlights three separate instances where a group known as “the unknown virtual jihad” hacked websites to disrupt service during the Iranian presidential elections. This group is known to operate in consultation with officials and agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Google also highlighted politically motivated attempts to hack the personal accounts of Iranians.
Further intimidating and impeding the free flow of information, the Intelligence Ministry summoned family members of Iranian journalists reporting for Persian language media organizations outside of Iran.
All of these activities demonstrate the government’s attempt to restrict freedom of expression.
The rest of the report is broken down into three sections:
A Brief Report on Human Rights Situation in Iran in khordad 1392 [21 May to 21 June 2013], Centre for Defenders of Human Rights, 07 July 2013.
A Brief Report on Human Rights Situation in Iran in Farvardin 1392 [March-April 2013], Centre for Defenders of Human Rights, 02 May 2013.