Mehr: “Who manages the Facebook pages of the Supreme Leader?”

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Mehr News’ magazine has posted this article asking, “Who manages the Facebook pages of the Supreme Leader?”:

“Speculation regarding the Facebook page with the name Khamenei.ir, in particular, after the introduction of this page in the domestic and foreign media has found broader and more complex dimensions.” The most common guess was ‘the Facebook page of Ayatollah Khamenei was initiated by his office.’ Of course, these same sources at the end of their reports mention this point, as this page has not been officially approved, it is still not clear whether someone or the leader’s office in fact initiated the page or not.

“But in this regard, something which has eluded the view of these news websites and outlets, is the existence of numerous pages with the name Ayatollah Khamenei on the social network Facebook; with a simple search many similar pages can be found there.

“For example, a page with the name ‘Ayatullah Sayyid Ali Khamenei’ exists on this social network that began in 2008 and up to now has obtained approximately 68,000 likes and is active in a number of different languages.

“At least 100 accounts and similar pages can be seen about Ayatollah Khamenei on Facebook. On five of the pages ‘Khamenei.ir’ can be observed.

“Usually the leaders and presidents of the world have a personal Facebook page; from Chavez of Venezuela to Obama of America. A point about the Facebook page attributed to the Supreme Leader of the Revolution which has been ignored is that the recent page is not connected to the Supreme Leader and was created with the logo of the site of the Office for the Preservation and Publication of the Writings of His Excellency Grand Ayatollah Khamenei. When in this regard the BBC and foreign news sites covered this news with the misleading title “Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has become a member of Facebook,” and when in the course of their report also perpetrate mischief by stating that Facebook in the protests after the 2009 presidential election was filtered and from then till now has not been accessible without a filter-cracker.

“This year in the month of Ordibehesht the text of the request for a fatwa and the reply of the Supreme Leader regarding activity on the Facebook site were published and this point was ignored by those posturing about the filtering of Facebook in Iran and the initiation of the Khamenei.ir page.

“In the text of this fatwa request it was stated, “given the website Facebook has been filtered in Iran, [if one undertakes] no activity contrary to the national interests of the Islamic Republic is entry to this site a problem when merely used to stay in touch with friends?

“The reply [by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] is as follows: On the whole, if it involves corruption (such as the spread of corruption, baseless reports and invalid issues) or the fear of committing sin or results in the strengthening of the enemies of the Muslims, it is not permissible, and otherwise it is meaningless.”

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Fars News, close to the Revolutionary Guards reports that President Ahmadinejad’s press adviser, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, is on the verge of being released for a furlough, most likely this Friday. The prosecutor has confirmed to Fars that the furlough will be given and that it was requested by Javanfekr’s family earlier this week.

Javanfekr’s lawyer, Ghareman Shojai, has denied that this furlough is tantamount to a pardon. Javanfekr was sentenced to six months in jail earlier this year because of the publication of a magazine deemed to be in violation of Islamic standards and also having “insulted the Supreme Leader”.

The office of former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has sent a letter to Majles Speaker, Ali Larijani, demanding “an opportunity to reply” to “insults” against him on the floor of the Majles.

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Deputy Speaker of the Majles, Mohammadreza Bahonar, has said that if Hashemi Rafsanjani has been “insulted” publicly in the Majles, his reply will also be read on the Majles floor.

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