IRAN — The government of Iran has decided to block the use of satellite television services to Iran, an Iranian state media reported Tuesday.
The announcement was made by the Foreign Ministry’s Information Department, which has issued a decree banning the satellite TV services from the country.
The decree was issued Monday, according to state-run IRNA.
The decision comes amid increasing pressure on the government to make changes in the country’s internet system following widespread complaints that some of the countrys biggest internet providers were blocking the use or downloading of videos, photos and music.
The Iranian government has been accused of censorship by Western countries over the past year.
Iranian Internet providers are among a number of internet providers that have faced international criticism for blocking users from accessing popular websites such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others.
Some of the companies, including one owned by Google, have been blocked by the United States and other nations.
Iran has been one of the main internet providers to the United Nations Human Rights Council since it was established in 1998.
The U.N. body has also accused the government of using the internet to stifle opposition and undermine democracy.
Last month, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered a clampdown on social media, saying social media companies are “the engines of corruption” and have been “a major source of corruption in the state.”