On Thursday, the Federal Supreme Court issued a state order prohibiting the use of pornographic websites across the Republic of Iraq.
The ruling was issued in response to a request submitted by Bassem Khazal Khashan, the plaintiff in the lawsuit No. (325 / Federal / 2023), which included his request for a state order to block pornographic websites until the aforementioned lawsuit is resolved.
The Federal Supreme Court stated in a statement today that the court decided to rule obligating both the Minister of Communications and the Chairman of the Communications and Media Authority based on the provisions of Article (39) of the Federal Supreme Court’s internal regulations No. (1) of 2022.
Hiyam Al-Yasiri, Minister of Communications, instructed the blocking of pornographic websites in Iraq by the end of 2022, which was supported by popular, political, Islamic, and religious groups.
The judgment came only days after the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Transportation banned “pornographic” websites.
The Iraqi Parliament approved a decree in September 2015 mandating the Ministry of Communications to prohibit pornographic websites on the Internet, however the regulation was not completely enforced.
It is worth noting that all websites in Iraq became accessible in 2003, when the dictatorship of late President Saddam Hussein banned several of them.