People in Iran will not be able to access the Google search engine, along with its Gmail e-mail service. This is reported by an ONI reporter on Monday. Along with these sites, there are some other foreign sites that will not be accessible to Iranian users from Monday morning. This step was taken by the Iran Government, as a part of a clampdown on material deemed to be offensive. This is what reported by local Mehr news agency on last Monday.
In support of this act, Hamid Shahriari, the secretary of Iran's National Council of Information said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I can confirm these sites have been filtered. But no specific reason was given by him why the Google sites were blocked.
Iran follows a strict censorship policy on cultural products and Internet access. So far, it has banned thousands of websites and blogs with sexual, politically critical material, women's rights and social networking sites. The new rules are for all the Internet Service Providers who use filtering programmes to prevent access to the banned sites.