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Obama slams Iran’s ‘electronic curtain’ of censorship

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Stephen Collinson
AFP
March 20, 2012

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Tuesday accused Iran’s leaders of imposing an “electronic curtain” of censorship, announcing steps to use software and social media to help Iranians gain freer access to the Internet.

Obama also directly told Iranians in a message for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, that if their government took a “responsible path” on its nuclear program the country could enjoy the benefits of exiting isolation.

But Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, firing his own shot in the propaganda war, warned that Tehran would hit back hard at any US or Israeli attacks, and again denied seeking nuclear weapons.

Obama said in his YouTube message carried in English, Persian and Arabic, coming at a time of rising tensions between Washington and Tehran, that there was “no reason” for Americans and Iranians to be divided.

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