Are Agents of Iranian Government Censoring Wikipedia?


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jigsawnovich
by jigsawnovich
09-Aug-2010
 

Wikipedia is one of the most highly visited sites on the internet, and a pattern seems to be developing of Wikipedia articles about Iranians who happen to disagree with the regime being targeted for rapid deletion. 

The Iranian Cyber Army has taken credit for hacking websites in the past. Iranian intelligence is reportedly trolling Facebook. And so, it would not be surprising if they also became Wikipedia editors and targeted Wikipedia articles for deletion.

The Wikipedia page for Fullbright scholar Sadegh Malek Shahmirzadi  is under attack, and may soon be deleted if the deletion is not challenged. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadegh_Malek_Shahmirz... Archaeologists who publicize pre-Islamic culture may be under attack in Iran in the current political environment, and it is possible the attacks extend into cyberspace. 

 

Sadegh Malek Shahmirzadi

Ph.D. in Prehistoric Anthropology

Fulbright Fellowship

Ministry of Higher Education and Tehran University fellowship

author of many books

head of Sialk Reconsideration Project 

Archaeologist who spoke at the Bolaghi Gorge Seminar held on Jan. 20, 2007 in Tehranaddressing potential damage to important archeological sites to be caused by the Sivand Dam in Iran.

 

The Wikipedia page for composer and producer, Mahdyar Aghajani is under attack, and may soon be deleted if the deletion is not challenged. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahdyar_Aghajani Aghajani has spoken out against censorship, and he fled Iran to escape persecution for his music. He works with filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi, whose girlfriend Roxana Saberi was imprisoned in Iran on charges of espionage. 

http://iranian.com/main/2009/oct/seeking-refuge 

http://iranian.com/main/blog/jigsawnovich/interview-bahman-ghobadi-eludes-censors 

The Wikipedia page for writer, translator and women's rights activist, Akram Pedramnia, is under attack, and may soon be deleted if the deletion is not challenged. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akram_Pedramnia Wikipedia article lists Pedramnia as a women's rights activist and heavily critical of Iranian censorship that opposes the freedom of writers and artists. I'm unable to find much more information on her. The regime has a pattern of persecuting women's rights activists, though.

 


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Sargord Pirouz

I contribute and monitor

by Sargord Pirouz on

I contribute and monitor many Wikipedia pages with Iran related content. Last year, there were numerous attacks on Iranian political and military related pages from subversive users, to the point where many pages had to be locked. That said, things appear to have calmed down over the past 6 months.

Simply look into having these pages locked.

And I also suggest that this not be blown out of proportion. It happens a lot on Wikipedia, and you never know exactly where the sources are coming from.