In Iraq, Telegram was blocked to preserve the integrity of users’ personal data and for security reasons

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Summarize this content to 100 words On August 6, 2023, the Iraqi authorities blocked access to Telegram in the country to preserve the integrity of users’ personal data and for reasons of national security.In a special statement of the Ministry of Communications of Iraq, it is stated that “the blocking of Telegram was carried out on the basis of the instructions of the competent authorities related to the national security of the country, as well as for the purpose of preserving the personal data of citizens, which was not followed by the above-mentioned messenger.”Iraq’s Ministry of Communications explained that the regulator “repeatedly requested the messenger’s operating company to cooperate in shutting down platforms responsible for leaking data from official government agencies and personal information of Iraqis, which posed a threat to security and public peace.”According to the Iraqi Ministry of Communications, “Telegram’s administration has not taken any step to cooperate and has not responded to any request from the authorities.”At the same time, the Ministry of Communications of Iraq confirmed the respect of citizens’ rights to freedom of speech and communication, but without harming the security of the state and its institutions. The regulator expressed confidence in the citizens’ understanding of the adopted decision. Messenger is no longer available in a country without a VPN. Users in Iraq have begun actively installing VPN programs to bypass the government’s internet censorship measures.Profile network resources reported that the blocking of Telegram in Iraq has already started by the main communication providers Zain and Earthlink, as well as local communication operators. The web version of the service is blocked by the majority of users in the country. Operators Kurdistan Net and Korek Telecom have not yet complied with the authorities’ requirements to block the service. The technical restriction of the Iraqi Ministry of Communications can be bypassed with the help of VPN services. On the night of April 26 to April 27, Brazilian authorities began restricting access to the Telegram messenger by the country’s citizens after the service’s administrators refused to provide law enforcement agencies with the data of users of far-right groups. On April 27, 2023, the founder of Telegram, Pavlo Durov, announced that he would appeal the blocking in Brazil in court. According to him, Telegram’s mission is to preserve privacy and freedom of speech around the world, and in cases where local laws conflict with this mission or make technologically impossible requirements, the messenger sometimes has to leave such markets. Durov explained that in Brazil, the court has requested data that the platform cannot obtain technologically, and will defend the interests of users in the country and their right to private communication. On April 29, the Brazilian authorities suspended the blocking of Telegram in Brazil. According to the statement of federal judge Flavio Lucas, the complete suspension of the Telegram platform in Brazil “does not preserve reason”, endangers the freedom of communication of hundreds of thousands of people and is not related to the judicial investigation that served as the motive for the measure. The judge recognized the widespread use of Telegram throughout the country.

In Iraq, Telegram was blocked to preserve the integrity of users’ personal data and for security reasons

On August 6, 2023, the Iraqi authorities blocked access to Telegram in the country to preserve the integrity of users’ personal data and for reasons of national security.

In a special statement of the Ministry of Communications of Iraq, it is stated that “the blocking of Telegram was carried out on the basis of the instructions of the competent authorities related to the national security of the country, as well as for the purpose of preserving the personal data of citizens, which was not followed by the above-mentioned messenger.”

Iraq’s Ministry of Communications explained that the regulator “repeatedly requested the messenger’s operating company to cooperate in shutting down platforms responsible for leaking data from official government agencies and personal information of Iraqis, which posed a threat to security and public peace.”

According to the Iraqi Ministry of Communications, “Telegram’s administration has not taken any step to cooperate and has not responded to any request from the authorities.”

At the same time, the Ministry of Communications of Iraq confirmed the respect of citizens’ rights to freedom of speech and communication, but without harming the security of the state and its institutions. The regulator expressed confidence in the citizens’ understanding of the adopted decision. Messenger is no longer available in a country without a VPN. Users in Iraq have begun actively installing VPN programs to bypass the government’s internet censorship measures.

Profile network resources reported that the blocking of Telegram in Iraq has already started by the main communication providers Zain and Earthlink, as well as local communication operators. The web version of the service is blocked by the majority of users in the country. Operators Kurdistan Net and Korek Telecom have not yet complied with the authorities’ requirements to block the service. The technical restriction of the Iraqi Ministry of Communications can be bypassed with the help of VPN services.


On the night of April 26 to April 27, Brazilian authorities began restricting access to the Telegram messenger by the country’s citizens after the service’s administrators refused to provide law enforcement agencies with the data of users of far-right groups.


On April 27, 2023, the founder of Telegram, Pavlo Durov, announced that he would appeal the blocking in Brazil in court. According to him, Telegram’s mission is to preserve privacy and freedom of speech around the world, and in cases where local laws conflict with this mission or make technologically impossible requirements, the messenger sometimes has to leave such markets. Durov explained that in Brazil, the court has requested data that the platform cannot obtain technologically, and will defend the interests of users in the country and their right to private communication.


On April 29, the Brazilian authorities suspended the blocking of Telegram in Brazil. According to the statement of federal judge Flavio Lucas, the complete suspension of the Telegram platform in Brazil “does not preserve reason”, endangers the freedom of communication of hundreds of thousands of people and is not related to the judicial investigation that served as the motive for the measure. The judge recognized the widespread use of Telegram throughout the country.

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