Hundreds of IT business managers in Iran are urging the government to remove the severe Internet restrictions that have been imposed since the eruption of nationwide protests eight weeks ago.
In a letter dated November 6 and addressed to hardline President Ebrahim Raisi, business owners and other people working in the field of information technology also called for the release of “the people who have been arrested simply because of their activities in this industry.”
The Mardomsalari news website said the letter was signed by more than 1,200 members of 13 associations and trade unions.
During the ongoing wave of anti-government protests, the authorities have blocked popular social media apps and cut access to the Internet to disrupt or prevent Iranians from communicating safely and from accessing and disseminating information online.
The signatories of the appeal said that limitations on social communication tools was affecting the livelihood of millions of Iranians, which will lead to " serious” public dissatisfaction toward the government.
Late last month, the 34 governments of the Freedom Online Coalition strongly condemned the measures undertaken to restrict access to the Internet in Iran.
“In furtherance of what has become a longstanding pattern of censorship, the Iranian government has to a large scale shut down the Internet yet again for most of its 84 million citizens nationwide by cutting off mobile data; disrupting popular social media platforms; throttling Internet service; and blocking individual users, encrypted DNS services, text messages, and access entirely,” they said in a statement.