Iran Blocks Facebook As Election Nears

Iranian press suggests a reaction against support for reform candidate

By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User

Posted May 24, 2009 5:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – Iran has blocked access to Facebook just in time for June elections, reports the BBC. The move is viewed as an effort to hurt presidential reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, whose Facebook page lists 5000 supporters and who is considered a possible threat to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Facebook blasted the action at a time when "voters are turning to the Internet as a source of information about candidates and their positions."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad registers as a candidate for the upcoming presidential election in Tehran.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad registers as a candidate for the upcoming presidential election in Tehran.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
Leading reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi holds his identification card as he registers as a presidential candidate in Iran early this month.
Leading reform candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi holds his identification card as he registers as a presidential candidate in Iran early this month.   (AP photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to his supporters during a gathering in his electoral campaign for the June 12 presidential elections.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to his supporters during a gathering in his electoral campaign for the June 12 presidential elections.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Iran has blocked access to Facebook as elections approach.
Iran has blocked access to Facebook as elections approach.   (AP Photo/Facebook)
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