Reza Taghipour

Reza Taghipour
رضا تقی پور
PhD in Management
6 Dec 2020
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  • CEO of Communication Security Industries, National (1990 - 1996)
  • CEO Shiraz Electronic Industries, Shiraz (Fars Province) (1996 - 2002)
  • CEO of Communication Industries, National (2002 - 2007)
  • Deputy Minister in Space Organisation, National (2007 - Aug 2009)
  • Minister of Information and Communications Technology , National (Aug 2009 - Dec 2012)
    • Human Rights Violation: Participation in the suppression of protests through censorship, eavesdropping and disruption of communication systems (Aug 2009 - Dec 2012) read more
      Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
      Rights Violated
      Right to freedom of expression, Right to privacy

      Reza Taghipour, as Minister of Communications and Information Technology, has played a key role in suppressing peaceful protests after the 2009 presidential election through control, surveillance, censorship and blocking the Internet and disruption of the mobile phone networks and jamming broadcasting satellite networks. In addition to preventing free access to information, Taghipour has also endangered the health of citizens who have been exposed to these jamming waves targeting Persian-language networks abroad. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, under the leadership of Reza Taghipour, cut off phone and SMS services a day before the election for 40 days. social networks were blocked, and satellite broadcast networks were disrupted.


      Iran Environment Organization: Satellite Jamming is Carcinogenic, BBC Farsi, 1 October, 2014

      They also shut down the SMS system, Asr-e No, 12 June, 2009

      SMS system  back after 40 days, Radio Farda, 1 August, 2009

      Legal Developments

      The European Union placed Reza Taghipour on the human rights sanctions list for his role in widespread and gross violations of the rights of Iranian citizens in a decision dated 25 April, 2012. According to the decision, Taghipour will be barred from entering the union and all his possible assets will be confiscated in Europe. According to the EU statement, "Internet censorship and control" as well as abuse of "citizens personal data, conversations and telephone communication of Iranian citizens" are among the reasons for the sanctioning of Reza Taghipour.

      In April 2012, the US Treasury Department also placed Reza Taghipour on its list of human rights sanctions, for his role in "censoring and controlling Internet activity" and his responsibility for "disrupting mobile and SMS communication lines" and "disrupting network broadcasting." Accordingly, Reza Taghipour's potential assets in the United States will be frozen and he will be barred from entering the country.

  • Member of the Supreme Council of Cyberspace, National (Feb 2012 - present)
  • Member of Tehran City Council, Tehran (Tehran Province) (May 2012 - present)
These violations may only be part of the human rights violations that this person has been involved in. The investigation into this person's human rights record is ongoing.