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DUBAI, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Iran’s communications minister said on Wednesday he had been misquoted after media quoted him as saying authorities may disrupt internet services for security reasons.

The semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Communications Minister Issa Zarepour as saying that “Internet restrictions can be decided and enforced by the security apparatus, but overall we haven’t had any reduction in bandwidth”.

But soon after, the official IRNA news agency quoted Zarepour as saying that some media had published a bad quote from him on the sidelines of a government meeting.

“In recent days, there have been temporary restrictions in certain places and times, which have been resolved, and currently the communication network has no problems in terms of speed and quality,” he said. stated, citing IRNA, without mentioning any. possibility of further disturbances.

Iran has been swept by protests since Saturday, sparked by the death of a young woman while in the custody of vice police.

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Reporting by Dubai Newsroom Editing by Andrew Cawthorne and Peter Graff

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