advertise image

Elon Musk to activate Starlink in Iran as govt shuts down internet amid protests

Elon Musk to activate Starlink in Iran

As you all know, Elon Musk is the CEO of SpaceX. He has announced that he would activate the company’s satellite internet service, Starlink, in Iran amid the massive protests in the country, which had resulted in the government shutting down the internet. Mahsa Amini was a 22-year-old Iranian. She died in police custody after the morality police arrested her for violating Iran’s hijab law. Amini got detained on Sept 13 and died on Sept 16. The government officials said she had died from a heart attack, but her parents said their daughter was in good health and had no such health issues.

The hospital to which Amini was transferred declared her brain dead upon approval but later revoked the claim. Witnesses have claimed that she was beaten up, and her brother even noticed bruises on her head and legs. Some activists had released medical scans of Amini’s skull, showing brain edema and hemorrhage.

Antony Blinken is the US Secretary of the State. He said that the United States took action to advance internet freedom and the free flow of information to Iranians. Elon Musk announced that SpaceX would do its bit for Iran through Starlink activation. Iran is witnessing massive protests this week following the death of Mahsa Amini while she was in custody after being arrested by the morality police for wearing unsuitable attire and not wearing a hijab. Iran had imposed severe restrictions on the usage of the internet in a bid to stop the protestors from gathering amid international condemnation.

Elon Musk said on Monday that the company wanted to provide Starlink satellite broadband service to Iran and would ask for sanctions exception. Starlink services are already being supplied to Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion. There have been reports of at least 50 people killed by security forces in the anti-government protests, Iran Human Rights, an Oslo-based organization.

Musk responded to a tweet by a high-ranking US official who said that the US took action to advance internet freedom and the free flow of information to the Iranians. The US government on Friday issued guidelines to expand internet services to the Iranians despite the US sanctions over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. They advised that their understanding of Starlink is that what they provide would be commercial grade, and it would be hardware that is not covered in the general license.

Also, later the US Defence Department conveyed that anyone who meets the criteria outlined in the public support can only proceed with their activities without requesting additional permission.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *