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Iran launches web video channel

  • Iran has launched a new website for its citizens to share video clips.

    Mehr, which means affection in Farsi, is to be run by the state broadcaster IRIB (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting).

    Iran already has a local video channel called Aparat, which is run by the same firm behind Iranian social network Cloob.

    YouTube, which operated by Google, has been censored in the country since 2009.

    However, many Iranians can still access it using Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, which are banned in the country but allow net surfers to bypass filters.

    YouTube was blocked in Iran following protests and allegations of voter fraud after the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.