Silencing of Women

Change for Equality Blocked for the 18th Time!

Sunday 7 December 2008

Change for Equality: The website of the One Million Signatures Campaign, Change for Equality was blocked on order of the Judiciary for the 18th time today. This is the second time in less than 2 weeks that this site has been blocked.

This latest round of filtering follows news that the website of Change for Equality, the site of the One Million Signatures Campaign has received the Reporters Without Borders Jury Prize of the Deutsche Welle International Weblog Awards—The BOBs. Meanwhile, it was reported last week too that the One Million Signatures Campaign is among ten nominees for the OneWorld’s People of 2008 Award. A beautiful video tribute by Amnesty students at their annual conference was also the subject of much discussion in Iran and abroad in the last few days. It is interesting and regretful that while the international community takes note of the peaceful nature of the One Million Signatures Campaign and aims to applaud and listen intently to women who are pressing on for their legal rights in Iran, the Iranian authorities choose to silence the activists in this movement at home, by repeatedly censoring them on the web—the only form of mass media communication available to the Campaign.

Nevertheless activists in the One Million Signatures Campaign are committed to their path and will continue their face-to-face outreach to the Iranian public and have once again purchased new domains through which they can reflect news and developments in the Campaign.

The new address of the Site of Change for Equality for those accessing the site inside Iran is:

Those accessing the site from outside Iran can continue to access the updated version of the site on our original address as follows:

In this round of censorship of sites addressing women’s issues, Change for Equality along the Feminist School and the personal blog of Jila Baniyaghoub were filtered.

On the 24th of November in a sweeping move of censorship a number of sites and weblogs covering news on the Campaign were blocked, including sites of the Campaign operating from: Hamedan, Azarbaijan, Zahedan, Shiraz, Mashad, Zabol, Amol, Ilam, Kermanshah, Rasht, Arak, and Karaj along with the weblog of the men’s committee, the weblog of the working group on equal inheritance, and the photoblog of the Campaign. The Campaign’s sites based outside of Iran, including the sites in California, Kuwait, Germany, Cyprus and Sweden were also blocked on November 24.


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