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Hague slams Iran for blocking UK Foreign Office website

London, Mon, 19 Mar 2012 ANI

London, Mar 19 (ANI): British Foreign Secretary William Hague has slammed Iran for blocking a UK Foreign Office website in the country as part of its "ever-tightening stranglehold of censorship".


Hague said 'UK for Iranians' was launched on March 14 to "reach out" to its citizens, but access from the country was blocked on March 17.


He said that the blocking of the site, established to explain UK policy and engage with Iranians, was "only a very small part of what Iranians endure daily".


Hague said in a statement that the Iranian government had jammed international television channels, closed film and theatre productions, rewritten traditional Persian literature and banned the publication of some books and newspapers.


"We have no quarrel with the Iranian people and regret that the Iranian authorities fear their own citizens' interaction and involvement with the outside world," The BBC quoted Hague, as saying.


"We will continue to look for opportunities to engage with the Iranian people, confident that Iranians are outward looking and deserve the same freedoms that others enjoy around the world," he added.


In December, Hague said Iran had blocked access to the British embassy website for people in Iran.


Britain last year closed its embassy in Tehran and expelled Iranian diplomats. (ANI)


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