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Iranian cleric says filtering the web unIslamic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates(AP)–An Iranian cleric is calling the country’s heavy Internet filtering to be against Islam because it can block scientific or Islamic sites.

Mehdi Hadavi Tehrani said Tuesday on the opposition web site Kalame that the web filters can also block useful scientific and Islamic sites because words such as”sex”are flagged.

Tehrani, who is among hundreds of clerics in the seminary city of Qom, made the remarks last week to a little-known outlet called the Quran News Agency. His opinion would caryy no particular weight for authorities.

Iranian official have sharply curbed Internet access since the violent demonstrations after the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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