reza taghipor Name: Reza Taghipour Human rights violations: Minister for information and communications. As minister for information, he is one of the top officials in charge of censorship and control of Internet activities and also all types of communications (notably mobile phones). During interrogations of political detainees, the interrogators make use of the detainees’ personal data, mail, and communications. On several occasions following the last presidential election and during street demonstrations, mobile lines and text messaging were blocked, satellite TV channels were jammed, and the Internet locally suspended or at least slowed down. on 23 March 2012, the European Union published the names of 17 officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran including Reza Taghipour whom the E.U. asserts are “responsible for serious human rights violations” and is thus subjecting to travel bans and asset freezes. [1] [1] EU Council statement on 23 March 2012   ]]>