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New registration system for bloggers in Iran

18 June, 2007
By Allison Orr

It has only been a couple of weeks since the Chinese authorities backed down on a proposal to force bloggers to register, but now the Iranian government has set up a system requiring all bloggers to do just that, according to The Guardian.  The Ministry of Culture has set up a site at samandehi.ir where all bloggers provide their personal information, including blog username and password.  Those who don’t sign up are filtered out and blocked from all users in Iran.

This action is an indication of the growing influence of blogging in Iran.  In its recent State of the Blogosphere" report, Technorati listed Farsi as one of the top-ten blogging languages.  Last year, President Ahmadinejad launched his own blog, which, being available in Farsi, Arabic, English and French, is targeted for an international as much as a domestic readership. 

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