The Iranian authorities recent annoucement of the development of a Halal internet has been met with opposition from the National Iranian American Council.
Recently Ali Aqamohammadi, who is Iran's head of economic affairs, recently announced the plans. He said "Iran will soon create an Internet that conforms to Islamic principles, to improve its communication and trade links with the world," Aqamohammadi said. "We can describe it as a genuinely 'halal' network aimed at Muslims on an ethical and moral level. The aim of this network is to increase Iran and the Farsi language's presence in what has become the most important source of international communication."
However the statement has been met with opposition by Reza Marashi, who is the research director at the National Iranian American Council. He claimed the government had been working on the proposal for two years and stated "This is what repressive governments do, they try to withhold information from their people," Marashi told FoxNews.com. "It's very black and white -- you either support Internet freedom or you don't. If you restrict access on the Internet, you're not on the right side of the issue."