End social media censorship against senior counterterrorism commander General Soleimani

Iran’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology urged directors of social media platforms Meta and Instagram to end censorship of written materials as well as photos linked to the country’s top counterterrorism commander, Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

The call was made in a letter written to the directors of Facebook and Instagram by the director general of legal affairs of the Iranian ministry, Reza Fazel, who condemned the measure taken by the two social media platforms and asked for an explanation of their illegal policy towards their users. .

The letter was primarily sent to Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta Platforms, Inc., which is the parent organization of Facebook and Instagram, while copies of the letter were forwarded to Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, and the current president. of the United States Federal Communications Commission Jessica Rosenworcel.

The letter added that the removal and censorship of photos and written documents relating to Lieutenant-General Soleimani, who is a well-known hero in the fight against terrorism and the exterminator of the terrorist group Daesh Takfiri, “is not in accordance with no international standard. . “

January 3, 2022 marks the second anniversary of the cowardly assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, who was even admired by Western media for defeating Daesh and who was killed by extremist warmongers in the administration of former US President Donald Trump on an official diplomatic trip to Iraq, the Iranian ministry said.

In the aftermath of this terrorist attack, the letter adds, as many regional nations mourned the assassination of the Commander-in-Chief, Instagram began removing all content related to General Soleimani regardless of international regulations in online censorship. widespread, unprecedented in the history of social networks.

Since then, millions of Iranian and non-Iranian Instagram users have been banned from sharing photos, texts and any information related to their beloved hero and they have not even received any explanation in this regard or any instruction. on ways to get their account back, he added.

The letter further stated that Instagram executives should respect the millions of users who adore this anti-terrorism hero and end this widespread censorship as soon as possible.

Iran’s rights chief calls for global complaints against General Soleimani’s Instagram censorship

Iran’s human rights chief has also reacted to social media censorship of photos and texts linked to General Soleimani, urging people around the world to file complaints or objections against this “anti-rights law. the man”.

Kazem Gharibabadi, vice president of the Iranian judiciary for international affairs and secretary general of the country’s High Council for Human Rights, made the appeal in a tweet on Monday, declaring: “Tens of millions of messages concerning this great national heroes have been removed. via Instagram under the pretext of its so-called violence policy.

Criticizing Instagram’s anti-human rights policy, the Iranian official added: “After the physical assassination of martyr Soleimani, a pioneer in the fight against terrorism, he was also virtually murdered.

Gharibabadi also urged the peoples of the world, especially the Iranians, to bring their complaints and objections to Instagram’s biased policies through the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression Irene. Khan and UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet.

“I encourage people across the world, including my Iranian compatriots, to bring their complaints or objections to this anti-human rights law to: @IreneKhan, SR on Promoting and Protecting Freedom of opinion and expression; @mbachelet, UNHCHR; and president of the HRC, ”he wrote.

General Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and his Iraqi trenchmate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second in command of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), were martyred along with their companions in an American drone strike authorized by former President Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.

The two commanders were highly revered across the Middle East due to their key roles in the fight against Daesh in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi said on Monday that the former US president and his secretary of state were to be tried for the “horrific crime” of assassinating General Soleimani.

“Faced with this horrible crime, the main offender, murderer and criminal, that is to say then President of the United States [Donald Trump] must be judged and punished according to the command of God ”, declared the Iranian president.

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