One of the problems with extreme censorship is that things go wrong.
Now it turns out that the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s own words have now become a victim to Iran’s massive online censorship infrastructure.
According to Radio Free Europe, Khamenei issued a fatwa confirming that anti-filtering tools and software were illegal in Iran.
The decree came after a question by Mehr News, which is a semi-official news agency, that had asked for clarification on the ruling due to the fact that, as journalists, employees sometimes need to access blocked websites and other non-authorised information.
Khamenei said that the use of antifiltering software is subject to the laws and regulations of the Islamic republic, and it is not permissible to violate the law.
But his use of the word “antifiltering” apparently triggered Iran’s own filtering system. As a result his words were inaccessible to most Iranians.
This made Tabnak point out that the filtering of a religious order is so ugly for the executive branch that it can bring into question the whole philosophy of filtering.