Target: Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran
Goal: Don’t restrict internet access in Iran.
Iran is one of many countries that restricts internet access, with websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google being inaccessible. According to a report from the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights In the Islamic Republic of Iran, the speed of the internet is intentionally reduced to discourage users from getting on it. In fact, one study showed that internet speeds were greatly reduced in the weeks prior to the 2013 election, presumably to prevent citizens from being well-informed.
This sort of information restriction is unacceptable, and there is a dangerous historical precedent for it to go along with war crimes, such as when the Nazis burned books in the streets of Berlin. Freedom of information is necessary to run a productive society, but unfortunately many countries have not learned this lesson even in the face of numerous historical examples.
A free exchange of ideas is extremely healthy for a society, and it is frequently found in the most peaceful and productive societies. There’s no reason why citizens should not be allowed to educate themselves on the world around them. Education is the cure to many societal ills, and bringing the internet to Iran could help fix the repressive regime. Please sign this petition to Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, to let him know that open internet access in Iran is necessary to the health of the country.
Dear Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran,
I was shocked to learn of the drastic measures that are put in place to restrict internet access in Iran. Many leaders like yourself are afraid of an open exchange of information, because certain ideas are perceived as dangerous. As a world leader, it should be your responsibility to make sure that your citizens have the tools needed to educate themselves and participate in the global marketplace of ideas. You have not fulfilled that responsibility.
Censorship is well documented in civilizations that went horribly awry, such as in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. Open information is necessary to the function of a civilized society. I ask that you stop censoring the internet in Iran. Censorship only works to keep your country in an older and darker age. Join the rest of the world, and open up the floodgates of knowledge so that your people can think for themselves.
[Your Name Here]
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