Iran’s Minister of Communications says the administration has resisted pressure from certain government bodies to implement widespread censorship on the internet in preparation for the elections.

Mahmoud Vaezi

Mahmoud Vaezi

Mahmoud Vaezi said on Friday February 26 that the Supreme Council of Cyberspace was adamant about filtering internet sites at a recent meeting.

“We worked hard at consultation at this meeting. A number of government bodies wanted to have social media sites blocked. But we did not agree to it,” Vaezi said.

In recent days, Iranians have reported experiencing reduced internet speeds as well as disruptions in the use of proxies, which Iranian internet surfers regularly use to break through government filtering of internet sites.

Asked about internet speed and the possible filtering of Telegram, Vaezi said the government has not imposed any restrictions on the internet or the mobile social networking site.