A parliament member from Iraq has directed inquiries to the Minister of Communications, Hayam al-Yasiri, regarding the decision to block the Telegram application.
Saud al-Saadi, the leader of the Parliamentary Rights Bloc, expressed his worries to the Shafaq News Agency. He emphasized that Article 38 of the Iraqi constitution ensures freedom of media and expression.
Can you provide information about the regulations and procedures implemented by the Ministry of Communications for monitoring social media platforms? Additionally, I am curious about the reasoning behind the ministry’s decision to shut down Telegram, despite its important role in media and sharing valuable content.
Al-Saadi asked for more information about the profitability of the Telegram app and if the Iraqi government has any ownership through the Ministry of Communications.
As he wrapped up his inquiries, he inquired about the possibility of fees and taxes being imposed on electronic platforms such as Telegram and other social media channels.
On Sunday, the Iraqi Ministry of Communications made an official announcement about the ban on Telegram. They cited reasons related to “national security” and “protecting citizens’ personal data.” Allegedly, the app violated the laws governing data handling and usage.