Governor-General of Tehran Province
Censorship and Other Activities
WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Department of the
Treasury announced sanctions against Morteza Tamaddon, an Iranian government
official, for being involved in censorship and other activities that limit the
freedom of expression and freedom of assembly of Iran’s citizens. This
action was taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13628, which authorizes
Treasury to designate those who engage in censorship or other activities that
limit the freedom of expression or assembly of the Iranian people.
United States is keenly focused on promoting opportunities for the Iranian
people to fully exercise their universal rights,” said Under Secretary for
Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “We will continue
building on the U.S. Government’s longstanding efforts to contest the Iranian
government censorship of the Iranian people.”
Tamaddon is currently the head of the Tehran Provincial Public Security Council.
As former Governor-General of Tehran Province, he used his authority to
penalize the exercise of and limit Iranians’ freedom of expression and assembly
following the disputed 2009 elections in Iran. Tamaddon has been personally
responsible for the harassment of Iranian political opposition leaders Mehdi
Karroubi and Mir-Hossein Mousavi. In addition, he used his position to
cut off mobile phone communications during political demonstrations and to
silence and intimidate Iranian citizens in 2012 by publicly threatening
has been placed on the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s List of Specially
Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons. All property and interests in
property in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons
in which the individual designated today has an interest are blocked, and U.S.
persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with him.
In addition, any foreign financial institution or person that facilitates
significant transactions or provides material support to the designated
entities or individuals may have their access to the U.S. financial system
severed or their property and interests in property under U.S. jurisdiction
Shahr Kord-Isfahan, Iran