TEHRAN – Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance announced on Friday that Instagram had “deleted” his Instagram account for posting an article about General Qassem Soleimani.
Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaeili published the message last week to commemorate the second anniversary of Soleimani’s assassination in a US air raid on Baghdad.
Speaking to reporters in Tehran, Esmaeili said: âThe media of imperialism are afraid of the names of Iranian legends; the sunlight of Hajji Qassem scares bats.
This is not the first time that an account of an Iranian official has been locked on global social platforms.
Facebook and Instagram in January 2020 suspended or locked the accounts of many Iranians and officials who called for “severe revenge” against General Soleimani’s assassins, in accordance with what had been promised by the leader of the Islamic revolution, the ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
Earlier last week, in a letter to the directors of Meta (Facebook) and Instagram, the Iranian Ministry of Information and Communications Technology called on them “to end the censorship of written documents as well as photos linked to the country’s top counterterrorism commander, General Soleimani, âFNA reported.
The letter was primarily sent to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta Platforms, Inc., which is the parent organization of Facebook and Instagram.
Copies of the letter have been forwarded to Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, and current US Federal Communications Commission chairperson Jessica Rosenworcel.
The letter also states: “The removal and censorship of photos and writings related to General Soleimani, who is a well-known counterterrorism hero and the exterminator of the terrorist group ISIS takfiri, is not up to any standard. international. “
âMillions of Iranian and non-Iranian Instagram users have been banned from sharing photos, texts and any information related to their beloved hero, and they have not even received any explanation in this regard nor any instruction on ways to recover their accounts, âthe letter added.
“Instagram executives must respect the millions of users who adore this anti-terrorism hero and end this widespread censorship as soon as possible,” the letter concludes.
Photo: Minister of Culture and Islamic Orientation Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaeili.
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