Iran files charges against Telegram app CEO

The Telegram app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken September 15, 2017. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)
Updated 26 September 2017
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Iran files charges against Telegram app CEO

TEHRAN: A semi-official news agency in Iran says authorities have filed charges against the CEO of the popular encrypted messaging app Telegram.
The comments carried by the ISNA news agency represent the latest back-and-forth between the Iranian government and Telegram, which millions of Iranians use.
ISNA’s report Tuesday quoted Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi saying Telegram’s popularity with the Daesh group, as well as the ease by which child pornographers, human traffickers and drug smugglers use the app, warranted the charges against Telegram’s Russian CEO Pavel Durov.
Durov wrote on Twitter he was surprised by the comments as “we are actively blocking terrorist and pornographic content in Iran. I think the real reasons are different.”
It remains unclear how Iran will prosecute Durov as he lives outside of the country.


New Malaysian government repeals law banning ‘fake news’

Updated 16 August 2018
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New Malaysian government repeals law banning ‘fake news’

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysia’s new government has repealed a widely criticized law prohibiting “fake news,” in a move hailed as a landmark moment for human rights by a group of Southeast Asian lawmakers.
The bill was passed in April under former Prime Minister Najib Razak despite concerns that it would be used to silence dissent ahead of a May 9 general election.
Najib’s long-ruling coalition was ousted in the polls, ushering in the country’s first transition of power since independence from Britain in 1957.
After an intense six-hour debate in Parliament and protest by lawmakers in Najib’s party, the law was repealed Thursday with a simple voice vote.