Iran steps up net censorship

Tuesday, 13 May 2003, 7:57 AM EST

The Iranian press said a list of 15,000 sites had been drawn up by the government and sent to internet service providers.

Ministers were quoted as saying that they wanted to "block access to immoral sites as well as political sites which rudely make fun of religious and political figures in the country."

The web has become an important outlet as an alternative method of communication in Iran, which maintains a close eye on the media.

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