The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Iran’s Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, “for his role in the Iranian regime’s widescale internet censorship”. Secretary of State Pompeo commented that “while Iranian regime leaders maintain access to the internet and social media accounts for themselves and their cronies, they deprive their people of these basic tools of expression and communication. This hypocrisy simultaneously supports a corrupt religious mafia and oppresses the Iranian people”. He further stressed that “while the Iranian regime will seek to protect the abusers of the Iranian people and hide their horrific actions from memory, the U.S. will expose these human rights abusers and record their shameful acts for history”. Azari Jahromi offered a response to the designation via Twitter.
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