Iran announced today that new social media channels in Instagram and Iran’s own homegrown messaging services would be launched for ordinary Iranians to report each other’s “immoral” conduct to the Guidance Prosecutor.
According to the Revolutionary Guards affiliated Tasnim News Agency, the head of the Tehran’s Guidance Prosecutor’s Office detailed what the state deemed “immoral”, instructing ordinary Iranians to take photos and videos and gather other information from their fellow citizens to report to the law.
The so called “Guidance Court” channel has asked Tehran citizens to report “any kind of non-observance of the hijab or acts that break the norms in automobiles, alcohol use, and holding mixed gender parties in places such as traditional restaurants, cafés, shopping centers and gardens” among other things. Tehran citizens have also been instructed to report “immoral” content posted by social media users to the Guidance Prosecutor .
The Guidance Prosecutor’s Office has asked citizens to film the events they deem immoral and to send it to the social media channels.
Mohammad Mehdi Haj Mohammadi, the head of the Guidance Prosecutor’s Office, said that the new launch was “to speed up the process of dealing with norm breakers and to use the capacity of citizens” to better crack down on civil liberties in the capital.
Faced with severe criticism over its use of force to crack down on civil liberties, Iranian law and police officials have in recent months defended the police’s brutal suppression.
Yesterday, Tehran’s Chief of Police vowed to “robustly” crack down on “improper veiling” and other social liberties while Iran’s attorney General defended the police for its suppression of “social abnormalities”.
It is unlikely that the Guidance Court’s plea would be welcomed by Tehran residents as ordinary Iranians hate the state’s morality police.
Instead of reporting each other to the police via social media platforms, it would seem that Iranians would rather film police brutality against citizens to post on social media.