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"Morality police" app blocked in Iran

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By Euronews  with INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN IRAN
"Morality police" app blocked in Iran

<p>Campaigners say the authorities in Iran have blocked a smartphone app that pinpoints patrols of religious police in Tehran.</p> <p>An anonymous team of app developers has come up with a novel way for young Iranians to avoid the country’s Gasht-e-Ershad patrols or “morality police”.</p> <p>A branch of the security forces, the patrols are aimed at ensuring that public behaviour conforms to the rules of Sharia law.</p> <p>The app was blocked 24 hours after its launch.</p> <p>Users can log on to the <a href="https://gershad.com/">Gershad</a> app and find out where the patrols of the so-called “morality” or “religious” police are located in the city.</p> <p>By doing this, they help others avoid them.</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/32/37/323707/465x834_bonus-list.jpg" alt="" /> </p> <p>“Gershad” – is a contraction of the name of the patrols.</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/32/37/323707/391x375_bonus-guardian.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>One of its creators reportedly says the app server was inundated with requests as soon as it was released.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">App that Detects Morality Police is Blocked in Iran within 24 Hours of its Debut <a href="https://t.co/svkKwKZLV2">https://t.co/svkKwKZLV2</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/ICHRI"><code>ICHRI</a> <a href="https://t.co/EX0RqQoeJ5">pic.twitter.com/EX0RqQoeJ5</a></p>&mdash; Omid Memarian (</code>Omid_M) <a href="https://twitter.com/Omid_M/status/697193670731235328">9 Février 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3><strong>What is Gasht-e-Ershad</strong></h3> <ul> <li>Mobile checkpoint units</li> <li>Male and female officers</li> <li>Checking that behaviour conforms with Sharia law</li> <li>Ensuring appropriate dress is a primary aim</li> </ul> <p>Human rights campaigners <a href="https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2016/02/gershad-app/">say</a> developers are working hard to get the Gershad app back online.</p> <p><img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/32/37/323707/464x833_bonus-simulation.jpg" alt="" /> </p> <p>The app is still available outside Iran at <a href="https://gershad.com/">gershad.com</a></p> <p>[[You can download and try it yourselves]]</p>