Iranian media have been under immense pressure by judiciary and security officials to keep silent about the implications of the devaluation of Iran’s currency, rial.
Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said on Iran's state TV on Monday that media may report any decline in the rates of exchange, but they should avoid disseminating reports that would further destabilize the market, meaning that announcing negative fluctuations in the rates of exchange is out of question.
Last week, Dolatabadi shut down 17 websites and social media outlets that had real-time announcements of exchange rates based on observations at the markets in Tehran and other major cities.
In one of the latest developments in this regard, Iran's Cyber Police Chief Kamal Hadianfar said at a press conference in Tehran on Wednesday that the "Cyber Police has identified 1381 websites that created tension in the gold coin market."
He said over 500 websites have been blocked and over 200 of them are being investigated.
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