Reporters Without the Borders sent a letter to UN high Commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay to share its deep concern and ask for her intervention in the case of two netizens/free speech defenders, Vahid Asghari and Hossein Derakhshan.
One of major accusation of Vahid Asghari was creating a national plan against censorship by the government.
At the beginning of March 2012, Iran began implementing an internal Intranet.
This effort is partially in response to Western actions to exploit its Internet connectivity such as the Stuxnet cyberattack which have fueled suspicions of foreign technologies.
At the beginning of March 2012, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader told Iranian authorities to set up a body to oversee the Internet.
The body which is called The Supreme Council of Virtual Space will consist of the president, culture and information minister, the police and Revolutionary Guard chiefs.
Regime opponents in Iran are said to rely heavily on Web-based communication with the outside world.Many bloggers, online activists, and technical staff have faced jail terms, harassment and abuse.The government's response has included requiring the use of Iranian email systems, blocking popular webmail services, inhibiting encryption use by disabling VPNs and HTTPS, and banning externally developed security software.Internet censorship increased with the administration of conservative president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2005.
and as of 2013 almost 50% of the top 500 visited websites worldwide were blocked, including You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.
The blocked sites have a wide range of topics including health, science, sports, news, and shopping.