UPDATED 1:52 PM PT — Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The U.S. is helping the people of Iran regain internet access amid the regime’s attempts at censorship. On Monday, U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said he has been working alongside private sector tech companies and using circumvention tools to get around the communication blackout. The regime cut off access to the internet over the weekend in an effort to hinder further protests.
“They have shut down the internet in Iran,” said Hook. “At the same time the supreme leader, the president and the foreign minister continue to use social media and they use the internet to get out their message, but they don’t let the Iranian people get out the truth.”
1) Journalists in Iran aren't allowed to cover protests
2) Iranians can no longer send us footage due to internet shutdown
3) More than 106 people dead pic.twitter.com/wOsoefFijy
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) November 19, 2019
The demonstrations were motivated by a rise in fuel prices and have resulted in at least 100 deaths and thousands of arrests. Kook says the U.S. “work arounds” will allow some Iranians to connect to the internet to continue publishing videos of the protests.
— Helmet maroufi (@helmetmaaroufi) November 19, 2019