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Press Group Decries Iranian Internet Censorship


An international press freedom organization says it is deeply concerned for the future of the Internet in Iran after the country blocked access to a popular video-sharing Web site.

In a statement Tuesday, Reporters Without Borders said Iran has added the video-sharing site, "YouTube," to its list of prohibited Web sites. The group says the English version of the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, as well as U.S. daily newspaper the New York Times Web site have also been briefly blocked.

The organization says Iran is attempting to create a digital border to stop culture and news coming from abroad. It says Iran's blacklist threatens the Internet by censoring cultural output.

Reporters Without Borders says Iranian authorities regularly block opposition Web sites it sees as a threat.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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