US sanctions on Iranian and Syrian entities and individuals for monitoring and tracking dissidents online

Posted in: Censorship at 29/04/2012 22:07

Reporters Without Borders welcomes the executive order that President Barack Obama signed on 23 April imposing new sanctions on those who provide the Syrian and Iranian regimes with "information and communications technology that facilitates computer or network disruption, monitoring, or tracking that could assist in or enable grave rights abuses."

The sanctions, which are to include financial penalties and bans on entering the United States, have been prompted by the use of mobile phone tracking and Internet surveillance in Syria and Iran to identify dissidents, human rights activists and citizen journalists.,42380.html

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