Iran to withstand US censorship: ICT min.

TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) – Reacting to Instagram's removal of all the posts sharing the picture of martyr Iranian commander Lit. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, who was assassinated by US terrorist forces, in the past three days, Iranian ICT Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said on Sunday that Iran will resist the US censorship.

"This is a matter of disgrace for the US and we will defy it for sure," he said.

He referred to the million pictures of the Iranian commander shared by Iranian and other Instagram users across the globe and said, "the US thinks that it can stand against this great movement by taking such measures but that is only an illusion."

This movement that has taken all social media by the storm will go on, he added.

Instagram has been removing posts related to the Iranian general and has even removed pages of Iranians and some news agencies such as Tasnim that were covering news of the US’ act of terrorism.

Reza Rashidpour, a renowned Iranian TV host, has also condemned the US-controlled Instagram for removing posts related to Lt. Gen. Soleimani.

Posting a photo of US President Donald Trump, he wrote “He [Trump] has admitted authorizing the assassination. I posted a video that only included the ‘voice’ of the martyr of this assassination, in which was greeting people and introducing himself as the soldier of the nation. It was part of ‘Hala Khorshid’ [TV show] in which I had talked with the General. Instagram removed the video instantly from my page. Now I have posted the photo of the commander. We shall now wait and see if Instagram will remove it.”

Team Melli and Brighton winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh had also reacted to Instagram censorship, writing “Why Instagram should remove posts related to an individual who has defended our borders and our people, I cannot understand. Borders of the country are considered sacred for all Iranians and it has nothing to do with different governments and every soldier who offers their life for these borders is dear to the people.”

Upon Trump’s order, US terrorist forces launched airstrikes at Baghdad airport on Friday, assassinating IRGC Quds Force commander Lt. Gen. Qasem Soleimani and PMU deputy Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

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