(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – U.S. sanctions have forced the shutting down of a website for a prominent Iranian opposition leader.
According to a Reuters report on Monday, the web presence of reformist cleric Medhi Karoubi was closed. Sanctions were related to Tehran’s alleged nuclear ambitions.
Karroubi previously served as Chairman of Iran’s parliament for two periods (1989 to 1992 and 2000 to 2004). He also sought election in two presidential races (2005 and 2009).
Just Host reportedly sent a letter to former Karoubi aide Mohammad Hossein Ziya informing him of the website closure. Ziya operates the cleric’s website from a U.S.-based location. It read, “This sanction extends to include the country-code top level domains .IR, .SY, .KP, and .CU (Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Cuba).”
In comments to Reuters, Ziya vented his irritation over the issue. “What’s frustrating is that on one hand, our sites are filtered inside Iran and so Iranian companies are fearful of providing services to us, and on another hand we face the sanctions,” he noted. Ziya also compared it to “being caught in a pair of scissors.”
Iran’s government in the recent past has seen a shift in leadership. President Hassan Rouhani, who assumed office just last month, is seen as more moderate and has given hope that some sanctions may be lifted.